Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars


I can’t even begin to describe how absolutely wonderful and melancholy this book is! I think it is my new favorite book. It is about a girl named Hazel who has lung cancer. She is coping with it and goes to a support group, where she meets Augustus Waters. He is a clever, loving teenager who’s leg was amputated because of osteosarcoma. Augustus and Hazel immediately become friends and their banter is entertaining and hilarious. Then they become very close over a book called An Imperial Affliction. They feel as if the author understands them perfectly, as well as their fear of oblivion after death. They both long to meet Peter Van Houten, the author, so he will answer the questions never answered in the book’s cliffhanger. So the two cancer encroached teens set off on an adventure to find their answers.

I can honestly say that this book is sure to affect your life in some way, and surpass all of your expectations made by my puny synopsis. The author of this magnificent book is John Green, and if you go on his YouTube account Vlogbrothers, which is a video blog that he does, then you can have him read the first two chapters as a sample. Please at least try and find the time to read this literary marvel.

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Rollerblading


I love to skate! Early this morning I woke up and realized it was the weekend! I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I pulled myself out of bed and put on some upbeat music as I dressed myself in my favorite blue skirt and patterned black tights. When I realized it was about twenty degrees outside, I added my hip striped sweater. Finally, I put on my special sky blue skates. Rollerblades, that is. I tried to get my sister to come outside with me, but she wouldn’t budge.

Before I knew it, I was racing around my street, feeling the wind in my hair. The biting cold didn’t bother me as I felt my heart race! I skated for a long while, thinking about what a great start to the day this was. I weaved around the sidewalk and twirled around the trees. There is nothing like getting up to do something productive to get you in a good mood!

Do you like to exercise? Or do something else to get going, like drawing or cooking? Whatever it is, get going! Best Wishes!!!

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Obsession: The Beatles


I truly fell in love with the Beatles only a little more than a year ago. My family and I had been talking about them at the dinner table, and afterwards we watched YouTube videos featuring their concerts with all of the screaming girls. I longed to be one of them. Then we watched their first appearances on TV shows. The fact that these videos were in black and white made them even more charming.

So the obsession set in. I begged my dad to fill my iPod with Beatle music-and soon was not soon enough! I could be found humming their songs wherever I went and used my uncle’s Christmas gift to me-an Amazon gift card-to buy a set of 24 mini Beatles pin badges.
Soon I began accumulating more Beatles memorabilia; Beatles blanket, With the Beatles poster(my favorite album), Beatles concert poster tee, Abbey Road notebook, and much more! Have you ever heard the term Beatlemania? Because I’m pretty sure that I have it.
Not that that is a bad thing. The love of the boys from Liverpool is in my blood. My dad has almost all of their records, and what he doesn’t have physically he has digitally. Both my Aunt Kim and Aunt Patty have seen them in concert! At Thanksgiving, after having the traditional dinner, we played Beatles Rockband. How crazy fun is that?
Now, all of my friends think of me as “The Beatles Girl”. And I honestly don’t mind! I mean, I know everyone has different music tastes, but who wouldn’t love the Beatles? They’re classic!

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Opinions on The Beatles


Flower Meanings


This unusually warm weather has gotten me interested flowers again, which I am enamored with during the summertime. Although we don’t have a proper garden, we do put up hanging flower baskets that serve as focal points in our otherwise color-challanged backyard. But even as these buds were long dead, I had flowers on my mind, and decided to wear a aqua top with pink and yellow flowers and khaki shorts that I wasn’t even cold in when I went outside! Then I looked up flower meanings, a practice popular in the Victorian days between gentry. Each flower has a specific meaning, and when people sent bouquet they would have a specific well wish in mind. Here is a list of the bloom definitions:

Alstroemeria aspiring
Amaryllis dramatic
Anemone fragile
Apple Blossom promise
Aster contentment
Azalea abundance
Baby’s Breath festivity
Bachelor Button anticipation
Begonia deep thoughts
Black-Eyed Susan encouragement
Camellia graciousness
Carnation
pink gratitude
red flashy
striped refusal
white remembrance
yellow cheerful
Chrysanthemum
bronze excitement
white truth
red sharing
yellow secret admirer
Cosmos peaceful
Crocus foresight
Daffodil chivalry
Delphinium boldness
Daisy innocence
Freesia spirited
Forget-Me-Not remember me forever
Gardenia joy
Geranium comfort
Ginger proud
Gladiolus strength of character
Heather solitude
Hibiscus delicate beauty
Holly domestic happiness
Hyacinth sincerity
Hydrangea perseverance
Iris inspiration
Ivy fidelity
Jasmine grace and elegance
Larkspur beautiful spirit
Lavender distrust
Lilac first love
Lily
Calla regal
Casablanca celebration
Day enthusiasm
Stargazer ambition
Lisianthus calming
Magnolia dignity
Marigold desire for riches
Nasturtium patriotism
Orange Blossom fertility
Orchid delicate beauty
Pansy loving thoughts
Passion flower passion
Peony healing
Poppy consolation
Queen Anne’s Lace delicate femininity
Ranunculus radiant
Rhododendron beware
Rose
pink friendship
red passionate love
red & white unity
white purity
yellow zealous
Snapdragon presumptuous
Star of Bethlehem hope
Stephanotis good luck
Statice success
Sunflower adoration
Sweetpea shyness
Tuberose pleasure
Tulip
pink caring
purple royalty
red declaration of love
white forgiveness
yellow hopelessly in love
Violet faithfulness
Wisteria steadfast
Yarrow good health
Zinnia thoughts of friends

Obviously I wondered what azaleas could mean for me; abundance. Abundance of posts or words? I know I have an abundance of imagination. This list made me wonder who had thought this concept up in the first place. A scientist who knew all of the uses and lethality of flowers and then transferred them into qualities? Or someone with a lot of imagination who based their impressions of the look of the blooms? Does your favorite flower relate to your personality? Tell me in comments! On a different track, my New Year’s resolution is to try new things. Hopefully that will result in interesting posts when I try new ways to blog or try new things that I then blog about. What is your resolution? With abundant happiness, Marjorie

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Monterey Bay Aquarium


I woke up early this morning and donned my seaweed green sweater and a nautical blue and white striped headband. My coral t-shirt and faded fisherman skinny jeans complimented them perfectly. We were going to the aquarium! First we stopped at a fun little restaurant called First Awakenings. I had a fantastic frittata that truly was a “vegetarian delight”. It was only a block or two away from the aquarium, so we walked there. As soon as we went in we visited the sea otters! These active sea creatures were both adorable and funny. Then we moved on to the deep reef exhibit, which I especially enjoyed. This exhibit was occupied by octopi, starfish, sea anemones, and rockfish. It was like going into a whole new world! Them we moved on to the camouflage artists that had colors and patterns to blend in with their surroundings. This could be any kind of animal; crabs, fish, or even a sting ray like creature called a skate.

Next were the penguins; they were so playful and fun! They swam, squawked, and waddled while we watched. my mom was especially interested in them, and she must have played with them for 15 minutes! Then we went to see the jellyfish, which I loved. They were in the Open Sea exhibit along with tunas, sardines, and sea turtles! There were so many different kinds of jellyfish, and I was really surprised to see that. I liked the moon jelly because they were flat but fat with short stingers. After that we saw the sardines, who moved in breathtaking formations and flashed dazzling silver.

Even with all of these inspiring creatures, I truly love sea turtles. I have since I was little. I used to do research and made little reports for school or my family. They have always had an indescribable quality that I adored.

At the very end of our trip, we went to the gift shop! I got a lovely pink tee shirt with a octopus on it! Then we had to get going so we could make it home in time. But all in all, I loved getting to sees the aquarium, and better than ever!

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The New Year: 1-1-12


Happy New Year! Today I had one more half day in Cayucos, then we journeyed on to Monterey. First my whole family traversed down to the pier to see the Polar Bear Dip! It was so wonderfully warm forgot too, so I decided to wear a coral striped tank top with a braided halter style collar and a white skirt that had different shades of pink flowers all over it. The arctic endeavor has been going on for 31 years! People of all ages dress up in costumes and dive in! About 10,000 people participate, and the rules are:
1. No wetsuits.
2. You have to come out completely wet to get a certificate.
3. Have fun!
I saw costumes such as the Easter Bunny, Santa, Chinese new year dragon, fire truck, sock monkeys, and fairies. Plus a whole lot more! Then they began the costume contest. They had several categories.
Most Funny: Rugrat Triplets
Most Creative: Jellyfish
Youngest Dipper: 2 1/2
Oldest Dipper: 87
It looked so cool, all of them jumping in at once!
Next year I might even participate because it looked so fun! After that we had to get going though, and I was sad to leave! But we had to say goodbye and got on our way. We had decided to take our time and see the sights on our way to Monterey.
So we stopped about an hour up the road to see the elephant seals! They reminded me of giant lethargic slugs, sunbathing in the sand. They didn’t move very often, and you almost thought they were dead until they raised a flipper or snort. When they walked around it looked like they were doing the worm because of their lack of legs and surplus of blubbery flesh! The noise they make has been described as bubbling water, loud croaking frog, or burping. These sea creatures are more than a little funny!
As we drove along Highway 1, or Big Sur, it seemed as if humans hadn’t encroached upon the place at all, simply built a road so that people can pass through and enjoy the scenery. Although the twists and turns had my stomach churning for a while, I decided to just enjoy the sea and mountains that were on either side of me and the perfect weather. I enjoyed the journey, not just the destination.
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Travel Diary: Cayucos CA


I have traveled to Cayucos, a cute seaside town, for my cousin’s wedding. So far it has been lovely! We have a few days to spare before the wedding, so we decided to have a little fun! On Friday my mom and I started out the day with a walk on the beach. How I love feeling the sand between my toes… Some pleasures just as nice were the fresh sea air and the beautiful views! I tried to dress playful and fun for the occasion, wearing shocking red jeans and a screen printed red, white, and blue Beatles poster tee. I was rewarded with admiring glances as we walked up the pier.
After that we stopped at the hotel to pick up my sister, we trouped up to the famous Hearst Castle! This lovely historical landmark went under construction in 1919. It was built upon for 28 years, but never finished because of its massive size and beautiful intricacy. As we began our tour, everywhere I looked there was magnificent art, architecture, views, you name it. Although it was never finished, as soon as the estate was semi-finished, Mr. Hearst began to invite guests. You could stay for as long as you wanted, but only if you played nice! All sorts of celebrities came to visit, and if a politician was endorsed by Mr. Hearst, you could pretty much say that they would be the candidate for their party in the final election. As I strolled along the formal gardens and admired the statues from every culture imaginable, I thought about the guests that stayed here. They must have been either influential, interesting, or rich. Or all three! Mr. Hearst didn’t care for unmotivated or unenlightened people. He thought that they were a waste and lazy, which wasn’t true because they were poor and no one would give them a job. Mr. Hearst would never understand that because his parents were already rich when he was born. Sure, he worked hard because he directed newspapers for a living, but if he wasn’t rich he couldn’t have bought the newspapers anyway.
Even though for some purposes I disliked Mr. Hearst’s beliefs, I was in awe of his architecture and interior design. His mother had collected art, and it adorns the walls wherever you look, as Mr. Hearst carried on her tradition. There were many Christian artifacts, although Hearst didn’t try to dictate anyone’s religion. Also, many of the walls were painted with intricate murals. Some were commissioned, but some were antiques from over 500 years ago. They used the latter by taking whole WALLS out of ancient buildings. And don’t think that this was like a hotel. Each room was unique, and Hearst thought of every situation; single male, single female, and couple.
This personalized Mediterranean masterpiece of a mansion is a must see, and I hope many, many generations to come get to see it and fall in love with it. It truly is the “Enchanted Hill”.

The wedding was great. It was in the neighboring town of Cambria, and was very sweet. The couple looked truly in love, and I wish them the best of luck in marriage. I wore a pretty peach vintage looking dress with a little peach rose on the waistband. I wore it with a long yellow cardigan sweater that my family said was “striking”. I will include a picture of my hair, which we modeled after the hairstyles on Downton Abbey(a lovely television show set in the turn of the century).
After the wedding was over at about two, we decided to look around the shops in Cambria. I first got a marble with great sentimental value because I had gotten marbles at the same shop in second grade. Then we went to an adorable labyrinth of an antique shop where I got a completely cashmere sweater for only twelve dollars! What a steal! It has mid-length sleeves and is a beautiful shade of emerald. I paired it with my plaid tweed skirt and it goes perfectly! I also got a stunning pink sparkly brooch in the shape of a flower.
While celebrating New Year’s Eve with all of the family, I found out that my “long lost” cousin Mia is a fabulous artist, especially with drawing. She even has her own channel on YouTube with animations that she makes! Here is the link: http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/profile?user=dingo359

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