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1. This cute blog I found today. I love this girl. She seems so awesome. She says that when she was little she used to lie on her back in her garden, fill her belly button with water, and stay still so the bugs could swim in the “swimming pool”. Haha. She is also part of Improv Everywhere, and is a photographer and artist.

2. These two pictures of my friend Sarah and I. I love them together even better 🙂

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I haven’t written in a long time. This was probably about 80% because I was away, and 20% because of pure laziness.

Well, between now and the last time I wrote an entry the weather has made a drastic shift. It is gorgeous out- warm, sunny, breezy. Perfect. My dad said it is the hottest April since 1812. I tried to find evidence online to support this, but I couldn’t find anything. I did only look for a second though (so I won’t totally discredit him…at least not yet). Anyway hot weather means summer (soon) and summer means no more high school!!! I can’t wait.

When I visited my sister in Maine we worked out on her Wii Fit for 30 minutes and did crunches etc for another 30 minutes every morning. It felt good to be exercising again and something about the warm weather made it easier. Maybe the fact that i know I will be in a bathing suit soon? Or just the fact that I am a happier person when it’s sunny out? Either way it feels good and I’ve kept it up since I got back by walking my two dogs, doing aerobics, and weights.

Now some amazing websites:

50 strange buildings from around the world
Amazing way of conveying statistics about waste
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Creative photographs
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I found this the other day and I think it is absolutely adorable!!!

I looked up my name on urban dictionary because I was bored this afternoon. This is what I found:

  • Also known as Sader,Tader, Saden, Sades, Glots, The Glotster, or just plain old SADE.
  • No one can get enough of someone with the name Sadye.
  • Can also be used as a verb. Meaning to love horses and also to make a fool of oneself while inebriated: Lesley pulled a sadye the other day and ditched us for her horse. He pulled a Sadye and fell down a flight of stairs.
  • It also apparently means a lot of really graphic sexual things…hmmm. Definitely not me.

I think the easiest way to describe the past few days without taking up a lot of space is to use bullet points. I had a lot of fun in Maine with my sister and niece, and I’m sad to leave tomorrow night. I’m really excited to see my friends though! Unfortunately when I get back I have a lot to do. I made a big list on my listography.

Now for the bullet points:

  • Had a Real Housewives of New York City marathon
  • Finished the book A Hope in the Unseen
  • Made lemon cupcakes
  • Ate a lot of food
  • Went to the Maine Mall
  • Went to the Christmas Tree Shop
  • Drove my sister’s car to pick up take out for us and walked three blocks in the pouring rain to the restaurant (and loved it)
  • Did spring cleaning
  • Watched Fried Green Tomatoes and East of Eden
  • Went to a five year old’s birthday party
  • Took pictures of an awesome, funky, artistic house
  • Worked out with Wii Fit and had exercise sessions with my sister
  • Got a lot of time alone with my sister, which was really really nice
  • Went to a thrift store
  • Talked to my step-mom’s crazy neighbors
  • Decided my family should have our own TV show
  • Watched my niece have a huge meltdown and felt entirely out of control
  • Painted with my niece

(Two of the pictures I took at the house)

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I just got an e-mail from a friend asking me and others to sign a petition to save the polar bears and put them on the endangered species list. So, now I’m asking you guys to sign it.

This week I am on April vacation and I’m staying with my sister in Maine until Wednesday. I’ll try to add stuff to the blog, but I have a feeling I won’t. All I will say is that I have a pretty crazy family, and that I love them.

Today I wasn’t in school because I had a field trip with my social justice class. We all met up at the town hall for a leadership training. I had a great time, and from the opinions of the people I talked to afterward the rest of the group did too. We learned a lot of techniques and models for leadership and taking initiative in a team. It was nice because the training involved a lot of activities. We did some classic team building games and some other activities more focused on facilitation and team work.

After the training I decided to do something about the massive pile of clothes on my bedroom floor. I’m a pretty tidy person, but I let it gather for too long. The funny thing is that they were all clean. The only problem was that I kept doing loads of laundry, but instead of putting them away I just dumped them on the floor in front of my dresser. I ate a passion fruit sorbet while I cleaned and it was delicious (I talk about food a lot…). I also listened to an episode of This American Life, which is an absolutely amazing radio show produced in Chicago that plays on NPR. I am actually going to TAL Live on the 23rd- they are basically recording an episode and streaming it live to movie theaters across the country. I got my ticket at the beginning of March  and it was almost sold out. The show was in two months… Wow. I’m excited (it’s pretty much the only thing I have planned for this coming vacation other than visiting my sister).

P. S. I think you should all check the show out. There is a free podcast on itunes that comes out once a week. Here are some of my favorite episodes:

  • Somewhere Out There (this one is really funny)
  • Scenes from a mall  (this one includes the story of a rift in the National Association of Real-bearded Santas, yes it exists!)
  • Fear of sleeping (just interesting)
  • 20 Acts in 60 Minutes (just what it sounds like, and really entertaining)

Today my enviro teacher told us that she would be checking our binders this Friday to make sure they are all in order before the AP test. She said that all the material needed to be organized by topic. The whole year I kept my stuff in order, but I had organized it by type (tests and quizzes, labs, notes, etc.). So, this afternoon I took it all out of my binder, spread it out across my bed and floor and sifted through it, divided it, and put it back into the binder. I don’t think I can explain how much stuff I accumulated this year. It felt so good to get it done. I love feeling things are in place and tidy…that’s why I clean my room so much.
My friend Sarah and her parents picked me up around 6:50pm and we went over to the high school for a paper reading. All the proceeds from donations went to an orphanage program in Ethiopia. The papers/poems that the students read were amazing. If I had to I pick a favorite I would pick this girl Sophie’s. She wrote a poem that told the story of a girl and boy’s friendship. The poem started when they were really young, and then developed into chronicling how their relationship decayed. Basically she wanted to grow up and explore life faster than he did. Her descriptions of the two people were so rich and intricate. I really loved it. Her style actually reminded me of Nicole Krauss’s in her book The History of Love. I read it last year, and again this year. I am absolutely in love with it. If you haven’t read it, go read it, if you have, read it again because it is just that amazing! About a month ago I actually found out that it is being made into a movie that will be released in 2010. I’m not sure how I feel about that because I love it so much. Of course I am going to see it, how could I not? But I’m scared that it will be totally different and I will be upset. I was reading something about it online tonight and saw this quote: “It’s a book that requires real tenderness without being overly sentimental, and that is something Alfonso (the directer) does very well.” So I have some faith. Haha.
Also, I got an e-mail today saying the new PostSecret book is coming out soon and is already on amazon for pre-odering. I don’t think I am going to get it, at least not yet. My reasoning for that is: 1) I want to save money and 2) that I sort of love reading them in bookstores and Urban Outfitters more than I liked having them at home.

How beautiful (by the way I can pretty much only spell that word because of Bruce Almighty) is this picture???
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Also I was looking around the Free People website and I found this dress. I think it is so pretty!
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I’m lying in the entryway of my house sunbathing. It is so warm and amazing and I am in heaven. I can hear my dog Pooky snoring on the stairs behind me and my cat Tiger (we call him “Tigger”, like from Winnie the Pooh, we but spell it wrong) is sleeping next to me. I also got strawberry ice cream after school today!

Today at lunch my friends Allie, Julia, and Lisa were trying to get me to go to prom with them. I’m not convinced yet, but I have to say that it made me feel really good that they wanted me to come so badly. This sounds really cheezy, but I felt loved  <3.

The newest addition to our garden 🙂
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I didn’t make these (I found them on the postsecret website), but I thought they were funny!

Sarah and I went to Starbucks during free-D and both got passion lemonade ice teas and wrote in our journals. It was gorgeous weather out and it was nice to get out of the school for a while. On the walk there and back she told me about her new screen play. I swear she is going to be famous for these someday!

After school I went to my mom’s school with her to pick up a paper from her professor. It ended up taking a lot longer than we expected. I waited in the car for about two hours and talked to my sister on the phone and did homework. There was a Boca Grande right across the road from where I was sitting. Eventually I couldn’t resist it anymore, so I got a quesadilla. It was delicious.

I was taking notes tonight for my environmental science class about endangered species and this information about the blue whale amazed me:
– Fully grown they can be longer than three train boxcars
– They can weigh more than 25 elephants
– The adult’s heart is as big as a Volkswagen Beetle car
– Some of their arteries so big  that children could swim through them

One last thing. On Saturday night I went to see the movie Sunshine Cleaning. It was really interesting and sort of comical in a sad way. I can’t explain the plot (well I guess I just don’t feel like it), but it was basically about these two sisters who open a crime scene clean-up business . One of the sisters, Nora, was played by the actress Emily Blunt. I thought I recognized her from something so I looked her up tonight and she has been in a lot of movies like Dan in Real life and The Devil Wears Prada. I just really like her because she is gorgeous, but not in the conventional sense and she was perfectly cast for this movie. Go watch it!

P.S. I feel like I can never live up to Julia’s blog haha. I need a theme. Maybe it will be guacamole, since it’s my Hanson. (If anyone else other than my friends reads this they will be confused).

Here is a scene from Sunshine Cleaning: