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!

 

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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

867-5309

Have any of you heard that old song, “867-5309.”  I’m not sure if that’s the actual title of the song but it’s a pretty dominant verse in the song.  It occurred to be, not to long ago, that my locker itself is part of that song!  I feel so special.  My locker # is 309!  Ironic, huh?  Speaking of lockers, I should probably start cleaning out mine.  It’s going to take a while…   I’m not a slob, it’s just that the shelf that I have put in my locker keeps on falling and I have just concluded that it is not worth the stress.  I’m not going to keep on rearranging it, just for it to fall again!  So, I just let everything tumble to the bottom of my locker.   Oh, well!  “Pick your battles.”

~ Daisy

Want to hear the song I’m talking about?  If you answered “yes”, click here.

I Saved a Turtle

I know it’s kind of late but I’ve had so much to blog about lately!  I can’t get it all into one post…   One thing I meant to tell you on Monday, was that I saved a turtle!  Yah, no joke.  It was on the highway coming home from my Grandparent’s (dad’s side) house in Big Bend.  It wasn’t enormous but fairly big.  It was scared at me at first.  One of its arms had been run over so I wanted to get it to a nearby pond.  That way it wouldn’t be road-kill again.  When I tried to pull it out of the grass I realized it had a great grip but I eventually got him and when I did, he went into his shell.  I put him in a pond by my grandparent’s  house and we all lived, “Happily Ever After!”  As far as I know…   I feel like a hero!

~ Daisy

Pez

Most teenagers my age would swallow down an Easter basket in no time but I still have left over candy!  Come to mention it, most of the candy the Easter bunny delivered was pez!  I love pez.  The fun containers are handy and portable and whenever you want a craving you can pop the one of the little bit sized candies (numerously flavored) into your mouth.  Did you know that they have chocolate flavored pez?  All this talk of pez is inspiring me, really.  Maybe I’ll start a collection of pez containers or waffle down a package when I get home.  Whatever the case I hope you comment, rate, and enjoy some pez this summer.

It’s such a cool word, “pez!”

~ Daisy

P.S.  This weekend was jam-packed with homework! 😦

Theres seven more days until Graduation!

Stilt Fisherman

With all the technology that we have been introduced to in this generation, many of us don’t have to do it the hard way anymore… Theres pros and cons to that… For example, a pro with technology is the ability to do things more efficiently. A con to technology, is that over the years people start loosing their abilities to write with good penmanship and do a research paper without using GOOGLE. “What does this have to do with Stilt Fisherman Madelyn?”

Cultures, untouched by the overwhelming advances of technology can do things that Americans wouldn’t even dream of doing. I’m not blaming my lack of balance on technology but the fact that cultures can do it the hard way and carry on without complaining is truly an aspect of character that we need to grow a little on. Solar panels, wind turbines, and plasma screen TVs are all great, don’t get me wrong. I like watching the Superbowl just as much as any of you. But eventually people aren’t going to know how to do simple tasks like writing letters by hand…

Stilt Fisherman are my inspiration today. They carry on with tradition, they catch fish to feed their families, and they are happy just as they are… They don’t need anyone else to do it for them. Cultures and traditions like these are what make my day go round and inspire me to be as dependent and motivated as humanly possible…

~ Daisy

For more pictures, click here.