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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Back from NJ-TSA!

Whew, what a long day. As I type this, I have been winding down from a really intense day at the College of New Jersey - and yes, middle school kids do get really intense college experiences, too.

Why was I at college, you may ask.

Why, it was because today was the much-awaited, nail-biting, hair-raising day of the TSA state conference! And our middle school had signed up for the first year, thanks to a very fortunate grant given to our school.

I had to get up pretty early to catch the bus to get to school. Nearly forgetting to wear formal business attire, I had to rush out of my room right as my mom was going to call me out of my bedroom. TCNJ was way too far for us to get to the competition on time (8:30AM) any other way, so to the bus we departed. Since we normally go to school at 7:00AM anyway, getting up early to catch the bus wasn't a problem.

By the time we got to school, though, we had learned that all we would be getting for this incredibly spectacular competition would be a tiny little kindergarten ride. Imagine the humiliation. Of course, once my friends and I boarded the minibus, we realized that it wasn't too bad (hahaha) anyway, because the floors were clean and the leather smelled nice. And my back was thankful for the brief respite of rest, too.

The ride to the college was relatively peaceful. I was able to catch up on some sleep in my itchy formal wear, but the arrival was later than I thought and I even grew a tad bit bored. But enough of my boring banter.

Soon, we'd arrived at the college (Bower Student Center) and we had set down all our stuff and other. My adviser had to attend to a board meeting, so we had to lug around our heavy bags with us for practically the entire day. I happened to have the most inconvenient purple drawstring bag a girl could have (because it just had to be me) and I was practically dying the entire time. Enough of my moaning, though.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


As you probably saw immediately upon looking at this post, here is a cake.
Why is is special, you ask.
Because I made it :D

Anyway, I'd decided to take a short break from amigurumi frenzy-ing (too many orders are clogging up my yarn-filled blood stream) and yarn designing (as you can see, my clock is malfunctioning).
My mom had signed me up for this amazing cake decorating class at our public library, located in a cozy little room in the corner. 
Fortunately for me, I was no outcast when I arrived. 
Unfortunately, my brother was one of three boys who had showed up, but that's okay because his cake turned out better than anyone else's (except mine, of course.)

So, we started right away, with the buttercream spread onto the cake. I honestly had no idea what kind of cake we were making and as usual I was daydreaming during instructions plus my near-sighted eyes couldn't see anything the instructors were doing.
So I ended up with a beautifully iced butter cream cake when the fondant arrived.
Just imagine the horror. My beautifully iced masterpiece would be ruined by a fondant dress.
But that didn't bother me because my creative juices were already flowing. And I had already designed the perfect cake in my head:

A birthday cake. Because my sister needed one XD

The next hour flew by as I was instructed on techniques to roll out fondant, color fondant, and shape fondant. In fact, I performed so well that I was given a formal invitation to the royal culinary academy from which the cake decorating instructors were trained! (Ok, fine, I got a flyer...)

And in a matter of no time, I'd arrived with...voila! My masterpiece.

And now it's about time to get back to amigurumi. So much for procrastination.

See you all later!
My brother's awesome cake :D

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fear and More Boring Stuff

Hi! I know I haven't been posting anything recently (Wow, one post a month? Really?) and I really have to catch up on my schoolwork, so I've decided to post a essay I recently wrote, just for fun.
(It would be really funny if my teacher found this and blamed me for plagiarism XD)

So...planning a trip to Taiwan sometime in the future so that should be fun, upcoming Jazz Band Festivals are going to be exciting, Chinese School Field Day in June, though I'm definite you want to hear about those things...

One last thing. Our middle school recently held a pep rally to "pep" up things around our community, because we're totally not peppy enough! So, we wasted spent an entire week furnishing the school for the event. This is the only remnant of the festivities:
My awesome hawk (designed for the Middle School Pep Rally...don't ask why)


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