Last Day of School

I can’t believe I’m done with my sophomore year.  It’s crazy.  I feel like I just stepped into high school. It sounds cliche, but it’s true. Two years have flown by!  I’m going to be an upperclassman next year. This is madness.

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Lemon Cool-Whip Bars

Simply marvelous!

You Need:

  • One Container of Cool Whip
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 3 packages of instant lemon pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter

Mix the flour and butter and spread into a non-stick pan. (9 by 13)

Bake this layer for 20 minutes at 350 degrees and LET IT COOL!

Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1 cup of the cool whip together.

Spread on top of the first layer.

One your done, beat pudding and milk together until thick.

Spread on top of cool whip layer.

Once you have these three layers, spread the rest of the cool whip on top!

Chill and yum yum yum….

 

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Joseph Merrick

“I was taunted and sneered at so that I would not go home to my meals, and used to stay in the streets with an hungry belly rather than return for anything to eat, what few half-meals I did have, I was taunted with the remark—’That’s more than you have earned.'”

Read more about the inspiring Joseph Merrick by clicking here.

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Public – Private (Schools)

Sometimes, I feel like the transition between my life in public schools and then in a private high school was more dramatic than I give credit.  I mean, I’m so glad that I’m at the school I’m at.  So far, I’ve had a lot of amazing opportunities and experiences.  However,the transition was still pretty hard for me.   I come from such a liberal family in so many respects and such a liberal education that it was hard for me to adapt to the kinds of people I was now immersed with.  I was so used to that level ground.  In public school, teachers don’t talk about religion or faith.  I mean, you just don’t talk about it.  It’s not important.  You just go to school and learn and everyone is so different.  Everyone comes from such different backgrounds that it’s impossible to talk about it without offending someone.   Faith made no difference.  It was non-existent.  It was Switzerland.  So when I was thrown into an atmosphere where a large percentage of people believed in the same thing, it sent me in a tail-spin.  Going to mass in school?  I never dreamed.  I made friends easy.  I mean, obviously, there were people like me.  People whom I shared common interest with.  But up until high school, I had no experience in the Catholic church or Catholic teaching. A lot of the kids I go to school with come from intense Catholic families.  How was I supposed to deal with that?  I guess the best way to describe it to someone who hasn’t been through this, is culture shock.  I’m never one to support stereotypes…  (Like private school kids are snobby and vise versa.)  It was just so different! Catholics are very accepting but they’re very strong in their beliefs.  With all due respect, I disagree with quite a few of those beliefs.  Don’t get me wrong, there were good things and bad things.  I’m just not a Catholic.  I don’t come from a Catholic family.  I’d never taken a theology class in my life.  I didn’t even think you could have mass in school.

I guess the reason I wrote this post – is so that anyone who reads can be more aware.  Transferring schools is something that I recommend to anyone who is unhappy.  I had an amazing childhood in the Milwaukee Public Schools.  But when it came to high school, Pius was a better fit for me.  I’m here, mostly because Pius has an amazing fine arts department that I’m starting to become heavily involved in.  The whole Catholic thing was not such a huge deal.  You get used to it, and they’ve never tried to shove their faith down my throat.  Private school is just very different.  The kids are different, the teachers are different, the atmosphere…  It’s been a cool experience.  Like I said, I’m happy where I am.  But changing schools is hard, so treat the new-bes at your school well.  Be accepting of everyone.

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Cotton Candy

I’ve never had cotton candy and I guess that makes me uncultured in that area of American culture.  It’s not that I’m afraid of its magical fluffiness or sneaky flavors.  I’ve just never really had the need to eat it or been given the opportunity.  Usually when I’m at the fair or somewhere that offers it, I find something better!  What’d you t think?  Do you think that I’m crazy?  Tell me!

– Madelyn

It looks untouchable!  Like, it isn’t something you should eat.  More like insulation to put in-between your walls!

 

Mirrors

I feel like there is something to say about mirrors.  No one talks about them?  Well.  I’m about too.  Are they  a piece of equipment used to be vanity stricken?  Are they a way to check and see if you look presentable?  If so, why must life always be “showy.”

Is life a fashion statement?  In my opinion clothes are something used to express yourself.  I don’t feel like make-up and clothes are something that should conceal us.  It should be something that enchances your natural beauty.

Well, what does that have to do with mirrors?  It’s is making the point that we live in a world that is all about looks and appearance.  We are very visual.  Thank God!  If a font looks ugly, I change it…  However!  In general, I couldn’t really  support the face that a visual society is all good.  It pressures people to change and warp themselves to fit in.  It pressures people to uniform.  You can give me the ho-sho about how we all have free will.  True!  Yes, we are all unique but if someone is too different, we definitely outcast and sooner or later the person has to change something.

Maybe I’m overcomplicating.  Maybe you have never thought about it.  Maybe this is all useless.

-Madelyn

Butter-Fly?

I’ve been thinking about the word lately and it has given me quite a bit of confusion.  They are these beautiful insects, right?  Well, why do we call them butterflies?  They don’t look like flies and they have nothing to do with butter.  I’m really getting quite annoyed with the English language.  What is including butter in the name doing for us?  Are we implying that they are overweight?  Who are we to say that a butterfly has clogged arteries?  Where does that leave us?  Uhhhh!!!

Another thing that is frustrating is that I can’t take Drivers-Ed until next spring and I won’t be getting my license until the summer before junior year.  I’m such a baby!

 

EOS Lip Balm

I’ve kind of always been a freak about lip balm and always having some with me.  I hate having chapped lips.  It’s kind of like a pet-peeve.  (That’s probably not spelled right.)  Anyway, I while ago I found this organic brand names, EOS.  It’s really moisturizing and it comes in spherical form.  I absolutely love it.  My favorite flavor is Lemon Drop (it’s the one with SPF 15) and I’m almost at the end.  I created this post because people have been asking me where to get it.  I got it at the Walgreens on Howell…  So, although they probably don’t have it anymore I’ve decided to give you a couple options!  There are some links below.  It’s not your regular $1.29 chapstick but if you’ve got hyper-sensitive skin like me you’ll love it!

That website will lead you to a map with all the stores that carry EOS products.  You can even just search for a single product.  Online is usually the best bet and they will give you some of those on the site, too!  Have fun and try it out…

http://www.evolutionofsmooth.com/locator/

Blessings,

Madelyn

Student Play Festival

Guess it’s time I filled you in…  I really should be working on a self-portrait that is due tomorrow.  However, if  you know me you’ll know that it is utterly impossible for me to focus on something for long periods of time for certain things.  Some things I can do but tedious things like shading my boring face just ticks me off a bit.  Sorry for leading by a bad example but I’m the procrastinating queen!  Need lessons?  Leave a comment.  Anyway, back to my story!

At PIUS…  Yes, PIUS.  I know how everyone hates the school but get over it!    At the end of the year after the big shows are over we have the, (drum roll) Student Play Festival.  It’s a series of short plays that are written, directed, and acted by students.  When you audition (any year can audition) you audition for all of them and they cast you in (if any) the one they’d like you in.  This year there were six plays.  I got called back and casted for Maccichi Zulu.  It’s about two lions that are in love.   So, there are two actors.  The lions are called Anshus and Dae.  I’m Dae.   The play is interpretive, so it tells a story using only movement and sound.  THERE IS NO TALKING.  It’s pretty cool and I’m having a great time.  It’s less intimidating to act in front of students, then some hoytie-toytie director.  It’s like hanging out.  Hope all my friends are having fun in high school.  You can do it!  I beg you to survive, it’s almost over!

I get out MAY 24th!  I’m so excited.

TALK!  I know you’re all out there.  If I can do it, you can do it.  Call me.  I’m lonely. JK

Love you all.  Blessings,

Madelyn


Thanksgiving…

I know!  It’s been forever and I need to get better @ this.  I promise I will try harder.

Anyway, who’s excited for Thanksgiving?  I have a five day weekend because I get Monday off!!!!!  On Thursday I’m going to my Mom’s side and then my Dad’s side.  On Friday I’m going to Minnesota for two days to see my cousin preform at UMN.  I’m pretty siked!  Then on Monday we might go to Chicago.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?  Are you obsessed with the turkey or do you dig into the green bean casserole like me?  I like everything and I wait 365 days to get this kind of food so my portion control might be a little unbalanced.

I know I’m making this post super long but am I the only one that categorizes the houses I go to during Thanksgiving.  It’s like my Mom’s side is always fun.  I have cousins who are around my age and we have lots of fun.  However, it’s kind of like a pot-luck where everyone brings in something.  Sometimes this goes bad because someones on a diet kick and made the mashed potatoes or someones on that South Beach Diet and decides to bring in brick hard stuffing.  Then theres my Dad’s side where there really isn’t much to do but eat because all of it is handmade my my Grandma!!!  I feel like a nerd for getting this all down to a science; yet, somehow I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has opposites for extended families.

Text me, call me, email me, comment, rate!

I miss you guys!

– Mady

 

Excited

I got into the Secret Garden!  My part, “the traveling-reader” really doesn’t have a fundamental script.  Instead, we are what the actor’s decide.  Typically, we set the tone for the scenes.  We open our books and the character’s that we imagine appear.  I suppose there’s not much talking but a lot of stage time and singing…  I’m really excited!  Our first rehearsal is on Monday.  Then, every weekday after school till’ six.  From there I go to swim practice till’ nine.  I’ve got long days but it’s always been that way…  Ask Ashley!

Hope you guys are enjoying high school just as much as me…  Who’s going to homecoming?

If anyone is interested in coming to see the play, I can email you the who, what, when, and wheres…  It won’t be fancy; just a lot of fun. (In My Opinion)

~ Daisy

It has been forever…

Like I said, it has been forever since I’ve written!  I’m going to try to be more good about this.  What’s is with everyone giving up?  That doesn’t make me very happy.  Blogs are a way to keep in touch.  Cassidy, you can’t leave me!

Anyway, I’m working the Mount Mary Art Show this weekend and I’d auditioned for the Secret Garden last week and are waiting to here back from the drama department @ my high school…

Nothing much, just the usual!  Homework, homework, and more homework!  How are you guys doing?  Keep me updated.  Love all of you!  Enjoy your weekend, embrace it!

Love,

Madelyn

GO PIUS XI POPES!!!!!!!!! (Our football team is undefeated.)

Bags Made Out of Bags!

I’ve been over at Lydia’s (Mathew’s little sister) house quite often, recently…  We’ve been making bags out of bags…  It’s real fun, but harder than it looks…  In fact, I messed up so drastically in the crocheting process that I have to start over again.

Steps for Making a Fairly Large Tote

Step 1:  Collect or buy 100 some bags

Step 2:  Cut the handles and the bottom off.  (You can do a couple of bags at a time.)

Step 3:  Fold vertically 2 times.

Step 4:  Cut horizontally into 1 – 1.5 inch pieces.

Step 5:  Once finished cutting, make sure your peices create loops.

Step 6:  Figure out how you want your bag to look.  (If you want random or organized.)

Step 7:  If you chose random then you won’t have to make your yarn in a particular order.  However, if you want it organized then you’ll have to seperate the colors.

Step 8:  Once you’ve figured it all out, start making yarn.  To do so take two loops.  Put one under the other.  Now put the one you just put under through itself.  Tighten until the knot is small.  Be careful not to stretch the loop.  Once you think you have enough yarn for the size of a ball start rapping.

Step 9:  I made 13 balls just to make sure I wouldn’t have to make any more…  Believe me, you won’t want to do more!

Step 10:  Once you’ve got your balls, take a break.  Your fingers are going to need some rest.

Step 11:  Once you’ve taken a sufficient nap, start crocheting in a circular motion.

To be honest this post is long as it is, so if you’re interested and want more in depth details on how to crochet the bag, I’d be happy to email you or make an appointment to teach you…  Take some time to think about it, it’s a big under taking!

Yours Truly,

Daisy

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P.S.  Hope to right more soon!  Have utter patience with me…

Here is what one looks like.  Pretty cool, right?  Still working on mine, so not that big yet!

Water Coloring

I’ve been doing a lot of water-coloring lately.  Were going to Door County soon! (July 5th-July 17th) I am so excited!  We go up there every July and for the past few years I’ve been water-coloring like crazy.  This year, however, I want to sell my watercolors up there.  A lot of the locals know me, and I think I might sell a few.  It’s worth a shot and it’s more for fun anyhow!  What are your plans for the rest of the summer?  Have any adventures you’re dying to vent about?  Either way, check out my comment bar or use the blue stars to rate!

~ Daisy

The famous Door County cherries!

Want a cherry pie recipe from a Door County Blog?  I demand you click here.

Toy Story 3 :)

Hey, wazzzz up?  Kiley, Ashley, and I are going to see Toy Story 3 today!  Infact, we have to leave right now so buckle your seatbelts, get your popcorn, and have some patience because when I get back I’m letting you in on all the details!  Good luck having fun without me! Just kidding….

~ Daisy

How is your summer going?

Mines going great considering the fact that I’m doing nothing but swimming at the beach and the pools!  The weathers been great regardless of the exciting thunder storm two days ago and I’m making money with baby-sitting and other jobs.  Could it get any better?  I’m supposed to go to Toy Story 3 with Ashley and Kiley on Tuesday and I plan on lots of fun, a trip to Door County and lots of sleepovers with cousins.  So, let me ask you again…  How is your summer going?

~ Daisy

I wan’t these sunglasses!

Loving Chicago

Every time I go to Chicago, I do something different. When I was younger, I went to the American Girl Doll Outlet. When I was older I liked going to Shedd’s Aquarium. Now, when we go to visit family we take the train and go shopping. However, out of all the times I’ve been to Chicago, the trip yesterday was spectacular and different. Navy Pier was so fantastic that I didn’t want to leave. Following Navy Pier came Magnificent Mile where we “shopped “til’ we dropped.” Most of us didn’t buy tons of stuff on Michigan Avenue because we “splurged” at Navy Pier. Nevertheless, it was tons of fun. There are two floors of Forever 21! We shopped at the building across from Bloomingdale’s. It had countless levels and half of our time at the building was spent riding the fun elevators and escalators. Overall, we had tons of fun even though it was raining! In fact, the rain made it an adventure! Thank you Mr. Skonecki and Ms. Mattson for planning this field trip. What did you do in Chicago?

~ Daisy

P.S. I can’t wait to go to Navy Pier again on a sunny day! (So I can ride the ferris wheel.)

Staples

As beautiful as they might seem, staplers are very dangerous.  Friday was great, don’t get me wrong!  But after a day (Saturday) of riding my bike in the rain all over “tar-nation” (to get milk) and getting soaked, Sunday seemed like a fantastic fresh start.  Little did I know that later that afternoon I’d be hostage to a whole lot of pain.  So, when my Mom decided to throw a rummage sale, me and Sam were sent all over the neighborhood to put up signs.  While on the corner of Howell and Oklahoma near a gas station with lots of traffic, Samantha dropped a sign and flew into the road.  She was sent chasing it and in the process she dropped the stapler we were using.  Guess where that stapler went?  Right under my foot!  When I stepped down I was shocked to see that a staple was in my foot!  “Owwwwwwwww!”  It took forever to pull it out and it hurt!  Lesson learned.  Don’t trust staplers or sisters.

~ Daisy