Fun with Applications or ‘What to do when your transcript doesn’t get in on time’

Howdy, folks! With school starting up again soon (What the heck happened to summer break? Do kids even have summer break anymore?) my family and I have been very, very busy trying to prepare for college. Or at least, we were.

For the back story, I went to an online highschool because I have autoimmune issues and kept getting really, really sick at normal schools. Online school was great, but it wasn’t easy. There’s a stereotype of homeschoolers that lists them as socially awkward and untrained in the real world. I’ve been called tons of names before by some people. Things like “Square.” and “Weirdo” and “Person who can read.” I got stuck with some pretty rough classes too.

I did my six years there and graduated, all went well. Then, because I hadn’t decided up to that point what I wanted to do as an adult, I chose a college and tried to apply. My mother helped me out and we got everything done in a few weeks. My counselor was supposed to send my transcript in in around April.

I received a letter in the mail three days ago that stated that, while my application had gone through fine, they still didn’t have my transcript. This happened on the fourteenth. I emailed my counselor and she hadn’t sent it out  yet, but would do so soon.

The application deadline for this semester is the 16th.

 

Needless to say, things have gone to heck in a handbasket. I do have some job interviews lined up so I’ll at least be able to do something for the next few months. On the bright side, this gives me time to work on my other skills and saving up money for my own place, I also have more time to work on this blog. So, win-win?

Food! Messing with Ramen

Most of us are familiar with ramen noodles. They’re cheap. They’re (kind of) filling. They’re the stock food of students everywhere. They taste like sadness and student debt. Well, I’ve never really liked how Ramen tastes, so when I was making lunch the other day and realized that was all we had left in the pantry, I finally realized that there was something I could do about it. Also, I was hungry.

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Moose Lake Agate stampede

Today was busy, but very fun. I spent the day with my family up in Moose Lake, Minnesota for the yearly agate festival and stampede. There were a ton of people there and many sellers of all kinds. The grab bags are typically the best deals, in my opinion, but I did find some pretty beads to make jewelry with and a neat agate that kind of looked like Jupiter.

Our trip started off at five in the morning, this went about as well as you think it would, with everyone trying to get everything done at once, even though we thought we were prepared for everything the previous night. Everything from the pets (we can’t leave them for more than a few hours, we had to replace my birth certificate because one of the dogs went psychotic) to the family (WHY DOES ANNE HAVE TO HAVE A GIANT BACKPACK!?) and the bags and tools for looking for agates.

It was a three hour drive from our home to Moose Lake, and we only made a few rest stops. At one of these spots, Anne found a four-leaf clover. We figured this meant that the rest of the day would be pretty good. It was! For the most part. We explored the festival and the bazaar sort of area first, but there were multiple hosers smoking like chimneys and I ended up having an asthma attack (thank you, Anne, for carrying one of my inhalers) and went inside where the smokers weren’t.

I would definitely recommend the Agate festival for people who love cool, hand-made things, gemstones and rocks, and cool fossils. There’s also a lot of neat people to talk and listen to. A lot of people at the festival have been around the world in different places, either just traveling or looking for more rocks. The festival is pretty kid-safe (aside from the smokers) and the stampede itself is fun, but might be somewhat overwhelming for smaller children.

The stampede usually starts around 2:00, but before that two large trucks filled with gravel, including agates, granite, fossils, and more, along with twelve dollars in quarters, are dumped along the street. A police line keeps people from running in before the bell sounds and everyone runs in to collect rocks. It’s a lot of fun, but the driver of one truck screwed up one year by dumping every rock in a single pile at the end of the street. Needless to say he narrowly escaped being stoned by fossils and was subsequently fired.

Aside from that one incident, the agate festival at Moose lake is one of my favorite summer traditions and one I would most certainly recommend to anyone who has a means to get there.

Summer!

Hello! Yesterday was rather fun for me, I had to lifeguard a pool party for some little kids. 13 boys and 2 girls.  They were pretty wild, but at least they behaved themselves the whole time. Since the people running the party were my uncle and aunt my payment was a Pinata stick and a few pizzas to take home. It was an awesome fun time!

On another note, these posts have been pretty sporadic for a few good reasons, my Mom has been really sick for the past few months and will be in surgery soon, so I’ve been taking care of things around the house and with my siblings.

The other things I’ve been working on are nearly complete or getting toward a stage where I can share them easier and have people like them. One of these is that E-book I previously mentioned, ‘Lavender’, and the other is this ‘constructed Language’ I’ve created to fill in the signs and literature of my Minecraft world.

But this is foremost a food blog, and before those get shared this blog will once again be filled with delicious food, because I planned out a lineup of meals I’ll make for the blog. Most of these are going to be pulled out of a Victorian cookbook of mine. While some of the recipes are questionable at best (Turtle soup, Head Cheese and the ‘BOIL ALL THE THINGS’ mentality toward veggies) I’ve picked out the ones that sound great. Also, since my Mom will be recovering from surgery I’ll be making different dinners and meals for my family, so that gives me a much better excuse to get off my bum and back to cooking.

 

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July to each and every one of my followers! Today is the day that America celebrates it’s independence from Britain during the American Revolution. I hope that everyone has a safe and happy day as we celebrate with fireworks, fun, and food.

Just some safety notes however:

1 – More animals go missing the week of the fourth of July than any other week, keep your pets inside because the fireworks will terrify them and you should try to make this as comfortable for them as possible.

2 – Bring ear plugs for small children, the noise may bother them and nobody around you wants to hearing a screaming baby.

3 – The loud noises of fireworks can damage hearing aids, so older folks might turn theirs off so it doesn’t damage them or cause them discomfort.

4 – Don’t shoot off fireworks near flammable shrubbery, this should be simple common sense but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who don’t think of this (see the ‘bootleg fireworks’ video)

5 – Have fun!

Kittens in the Air vents

We had a bit of an adventure with some of our fosters yesterday…

To set the scene: I am in bed, since last Wednesday I have been very sick. My older sister is down in the living room, watching TV with my Dad. My younger sister and my mother have gone out shopping with my Grandmother. We have a large kennel in the living room where three feral kittens are sleeping, we’ve been charged with taming them so that they can get adopted. They’re very adorable, but aggressive.

We decide to let them out so that they can run around the house for a bit, all the dogs were outside and the older cats were fast asleep, so there wouldn’t be any danger to them. Most of our house is kitten-proofed because of all the fosters anyway, so they couldn’t go chewing up wires or crawling into tiny spaces and getting stuck.

Or so we thought.

*dramatic music plays*

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Captain Cat update!

Sorry for the sporadic updates, but my family has been working with Captain the Cat for a little while now and I’m very proud to say that there’s been a lot of improvement. My Dad is kind of the hero of the story, because he suggested one things that might help tame him (Captain was very, very feral and would try to bite). Dad suggested we give him some of the leftover chicken in the fridge, because that trick has worked on stray pets in the past, one of them being another foster of ours, Cinderella, who was once extremely skittish until my Dad found out that Cinderella really, really loves scrambled eggs. We figured that to an animal food = safety, like  how it did with Cinderella, so we opted to give it a shot.

Lo and behold, Captain is much more friendly now and allows us to gently stroke him on the head. The area where his leg once was is still very sore and he still has his bad days, but it’s a bit of a relief that he isn’t as terrified of us as he once was. We’re hoping he’ll eventually be adopted and not have to worry about traps or wild animals again.

In other pet-related news, Camp Companion has given the trap that hurt Captain to the DNR and there is an investigation ongoing to see who set the trap and if they could find them and press charges. We’re hoping they are able to, as someone who set a trap like this is likely to do so again and pose a risk to people or pets.

 

First Official “Moana” Trailer!

I’m so excited to see this. Disney just released the first official ‘Moana’ trailer to the internet.

Moana stars as the newest Disney Princess and is a skilled navigator who goes on a journey with a legendary Demigod, Maui, in order to save her people. Maui is played by Dwayne Johnson, and Auli’i Cravalho is the voice of Moana. ‘

Here are my thoughts on the trailer:

This looks like it’s going to be good, and I see some references from Hercules in the beginning portion. Maui turning into an eagle was pretty darn cool. Moana looks awesome and her design is just gorgeous, I like the Disney is branching out from traditional princesses by giving their newest princesses various tools and weapons so that they can save themselves, and giving them actual brains (well, except maybe Anna).Merida is my personal favorite of the Disney Princesses, next is Mulan, but I think Moana might take Mulan’s place considering how good this looks.

Rescued Cat: Captain Hook von Trapp

It has been an insanely long week for me and my family. We’ve spent most of this week preparing for a fundraising auction for Camp Companion, but we also had to play part in a rescue for a cat that was caught in a small animal trap in the suburbs around my city. Camp Companion has done quite a few rescues in the past, with many of the animals getting caught in gopher traps or racoon traps (neither of which hurt the animal, but just cause a huge inconvenience).

But Captain? He was caught in a rusty, outdated toothed trap, the likes of which are no longer sold or operated in general. It was also not staked down, which is also illegal. It was placed in a highly urban area , which is extremely illegal unless it’s a LIVE trap. It was also unchecked, as the cat had been stuck for nearly a week. In this state you need to check any (note: legal and licensed) traps every single day. To put the icing on the proverbial cake, the fact that this person caught and injured a non-game animal puts them as the subject of a hefty fine once they’re caught.

Warning: The following photo might disturb some people

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Epic Update! High School Graduation

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, but it’s been a crazy couple of weeks over here, because just yesterday I graduated high school! I’m pretty happy and excited to start college this fall, but for right now, I just need to relax.

 

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I’m in the middle, Maria is on the left, my Uncle, Aunt, and Cousin are to the right.

I’m also happy to say that the novel I’ve been writing is nearly complete and I’ll see if I can get some of the artwork from the book onto the blog, so you can get a good idea of the characters and what they look like etc, etc. Along with the book and illustrations, though, I’ve started a new project.

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