Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Serial~ The Kuehl Kids Part 4

Walter began firing. Jets of water streamed up from the ground, putting out the fire, soaking Fier, Invisa, Swifte, and Quake. The earthquakes stopped as the four ran for cover.
"They run fast," commented Ally as she hit a green button. A sign popped up in the direction the kids were running. It read:
Sprinklers come on the field during the day. Beware!
"Oh, guys, look at this," Fier said. He shook his head, splattering water everywhere. "Sprinklers."
"That explains the water," said Swifte. Her eyes narrowed, but she didn't say anything else.
"I need to get home and get dry," Fier said anxiously. "If I'm not dry in two hours, you know what happens."
The kids exchanged meaningful glances.
Inside the Vision Room, everyone's minds were whirling.
"Are they really that naive?" Electra wondered.
"It could be a trap," volunteered Walter.
"At any rate, I'm glad they're gone," Ally said. She got up from her monitor and stared at the chunk of ceiling. "How do we replace that?"

The rest of the day was spent replacing the ceiling. Tyler teleported between the Repair Supplies Room and the Vision Room. Electra made sure the gas pipes situated above the ceiling were okay. Walter used his water to wet the concrete to repair the ceiling. Ally did the nitty-gritty work, applying the concrete and stones. The Professor and Almira watched them do it all.
"Very good, very good," the Professor said, his eyes bright. "I couldn't have done it better myself."
Ally looked pleased. Tyler tried to look bored but utterly failed.
"Can we go back to our training session?" Electra asked.
The Professor nodded. "That would be wise. Make sure you fight well. We're going to need you sooner than I thought," he added in low tones to Almira, who nodded agreement.
The four used their various powers to transport themselves away to the octagonal Training Room.
And four other faces watched from the tiny camera the size of a pinhole attached to the new ceiling.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I Spy...Nellie Bly (and other people!)

Recently, I checked out 3 biographies of people from the library.  I'm getting into those (along with of my usual fare of children's fiction).  So far, I've read about Cynthia Rylant, Vera Wang, Frances Cleveland (President Grover Cleveland's wife), Michelle Kwan, J.K. Rowling, Beverly Cleary, and Katharine Wright (the sister of the Wright brothers).  When I went to the library, I checked out books on Nellie Bly, Lois Lowry, and Julia Child (note how these people are all women). 

The one who impressed me the most was Nellie Bly.  She lived during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, and she was one of the first investigative journalists.  At the time, they 1) were called "stunt" journalists, and 2) women were not usually journalists, much less "stunt" ones.  Bly broke both barriers. 

 Her career was started with a Pittsburgh paper, but she soon jumped to the prestigious New York World, which was run by famous journalist Joseph Pulitzer.  There, she jumpstarted into stunt journalism by pretending to be insane and eventually entering this mental institution to find out how patients there were being treated.  She became very popular after her stunt was revealed.  Her most famous stunt was going around the world in 72 days.  Around the World in 80 Days, the classic by Jules Verne, was a very popular book then, and people attempted to go around the world like that (because there weren't any airplanes; you had to rely on local transportation). 
 It was interesting to see Bly's life pictured out.  I hadn't heard of her before I'd seen her biography, so it was cool to learn something new about someone I hadn't known existed before.  By the way, the book is Nelly Bly: Daredevil Reporter by Charles Freden (in case some government authority looks at this and thinks it isn't properly cited). 


The second book I read was Julia Child: Chef, by Dennis Abrams.  Julia Child was this American woman who introduced Americans to true French cooking.  I like to eat (hence all the Food posts) and I like to cook (although not as much as eating).  Child loved eating, too, and went to the Le Cordon Bleu (this famous cooking school) in France after WWII.  She then published a cookbook (about the size of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) on true French cooking and her career took off.  She starred in a lot of cooking shows, and one interesting thing I learned is that they had to film the episodes in her first show in one take.  If she made a mistake, they couldn't do it over.  Now I'm going to beg my dad to let me watch Julie and Julia, which is about this lady who decided to go through every single one of Julia Child's recipes in the cookbook (there were 700+ pages in the book...so that means there must have been something like 500 recipes or so).  It was interesting, but I'd go with Nellie Bly if you want true entertainment.


The last, and (in my opinion) least interesting book was about Lois Lowry.  Lois Lowry wrote Number the Stars and The Giver series.  Lois Lowry, by Susanna Daniels, outlines her life, but to me, her life, while interesting, was boring.  I know, most people's lives are considered "normal," but I was expecting a little more push and drag to it, more excitement.  But one interesting fact I got from it: Lowry actually took the pictures for the covers of Number the Stars and The Giver.  Isn't that cool?

 
She took those pictures!  BTW, I got the pictures from Wikipedia (it's a helpful site if you want general information). 

Tonight is Saturday night, the night before Easter.  Tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  Remember the reason for the season: Easter is not about cute bunnies or eggs (I should look up the origins for those; what relevance do they have to Jesus?).  It's about Jesus, who died and rose again on our behalf.  Tomorrow He rose.  In my opinion, Easter is even a bigger holiday than Christmas.  It's when we were completely set free from sin and death.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Brittany Hargest

The following information comes from Wikipedia and Spotify.  I'm assuming it's true.

Brittany Hargest is a CCM artist.  She released an album in 2011, Love All the Way, although I've only recently discovered it.  Her songs are really awesome, extremely upbeat, and my type of music.  I've got a couple of her songs on my playlist, and they're awesome!  "Put It All Together," "Love All the Way," "Slow Motion," "Bring the Party," and "Like a Fire" are all relatively upbeat ("Put It All Together" less so). 


According to Wikipedia and Spotify, Hargest was a member of the Christian teen group Jump5.  Jump5 was composed of Hargest, her brother, and two-three other friends.  They aren't very well known, so don't sweat it if you haven't heard of them.  I've listened to a very small amount of Jump5's music, and I can't say I exactly like their style--kind of techno--but as a soloist, Hargest's music is reminiscient of tobyMac and Britt Nicole (my faves ;). 

I encourage you to listen to her! 

For more information about Brittany Hargest, click here.  For more information about Jump5, click here.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

SPRING BREAK!!!!

My school is very generous.  They let us take Thursday and Good Friday off along with all of next week.  When we come back to school, we take this really interesting testing and get light schooldays.

Come on, people.  The people who invented school also invented something REALLY cool called VACATION.

My Ode To Spring Break
Oh, to spring break
What a joy, what a make!
When people invented SCHOOL
they also invented something cool-
SPRING BREAK is a pleasure,
SPRING BREAK is a joy.
SPRING BREAK is a measure
Of endless activities and toys.
Things can be done
Like having fun in the sun.
Friends can be seen,
Behold, the eye is entranced with green.
Books can be read;
Pets can be fed.
Alas, this lasts only a week,
So we've got to THINK
Of how to make the most of our time.
How much longer can I go on making rhymes?
Because TIME is limited on this earth
Beginning from the very delightful birth
Leading on, past childhood years,
Growing into teenage fears,
Maturing into young adult.
Who eventually molt
Into a nice young person.
Who eventually grows old (and cold).
This spring break is a mist...
Like us.
So make the most of your time,
Like I should make the most of my rhymes:
Whether spring, winter, or summer...
Don't let your life be a bummer.


Oh, to spring break!  I can't wait.  I'm already tasting it, and I bet my friends are too.  No school.  No projects (all due on Tuesday).  I'm going to post EVERY LIVING DAY.  I'm going to write stories, make forms on GoogleDocs, read my heart out, practice piano :(, listen to CCM (hopefully find some new songs to share with you), walk, play, and enjoy life.  Because sometimes at school I can't.  I have to constantly be planning ahead, for projects and when I'm going to do something, and I'm not really the type of person to 'enjoy the moment' too well.  I'm not a partygoer; I'm a party pooper.  This week is going to be restful and fun, and hopefully it will be for you too.

This week, I'm going to enjoy all that God has given me, and not worry about schoolwork.  Because everyone needs rest.

"There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God..." Ecclesiastes 2:24 (ESV)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Korean BBQ Is Amazink

Now, a lot of people know this already:

Korean BBQ is probably one of the awesomest foods in the world.  That, along with cheeseburgers w/ mayo, Lipton onion dip, kettle chips, Caesar salad...and a bunch of other stuff.

Yesterday, since we had company over, we went to a Korean BBQ restaurant.  Yumzeroo!  It was amazink.  It was one of those restaurants that have the griddle thing in the middle, and almost always there was a bunch of meat sizzling on it...ahhhh.

I had the good sense to bring my iPhone along, and there were one or two cool things I noticed, along with a bunch of other random stuff...

 
Sesame oil, with pepper flakes and SALT!!!! :P  Yummy...I dipped the salad into it :P  You should try it! <3in it.
 
This isn't kalbi (otherwise known as true Korean BBQ) but it's close enough.  It was thin, and soy saucy and good. 
 
 
Guess what this is?
WATER! (how did you know...)  I noticed that the restaurant we went to upgraded from the plastic cups to metal.  Intriguing.  Also a pointless fact.
 

 

Don't ask me why this picture is lopsided--I honestly have no idea why!  I got into an argument with my computer, and that just occurred--OH WAIT, IT'S THE PLACEMAT!!!! (I honestly realized it just now) 
 
I thought it was kind of cool, because if you look at the picture upside down:
Look at the reflection.  Doesn't that look like an archway, leading into a sunlit patio thingy, like in a castle?  Is my imagination just wandering?  Or can you guys see it too?
 

 


Empty plate.  Full plates are unheard-of at Korean BBQ restaurants.
 
Some kalbi (pronounced gkalbi, like Kgangnam) bones with drained oil-and-salt mixture, still-full spicy sauce, a couple of random lettuce leaves, and a cucumber slice that tasted really sour (vinegar).  Plus a bunch of napkins (I'm a napkinator--defined as a person who uses a lot of napkins).
 
If you haven't been to a KBBQ restaurant in your entire existence on this planet, go there.  Now.
 
-RCUBED
 
 

Monday, March 25, 2013

PALM SUNDAY...and other stuff

Hey guys, happy belated Palm Sunday!

I had a happy (schoolwork-free :) time going to my church's Children's Ministry picnic yesterday and playing basketball (and trouncing all the boys JK!).  But more on that later.

I woke up at 7:30 (earlier than my usual solid 8 o' clock) because I had to cut onions for my French Onion soup for my Speech class.  I cut three onions, then put the whole thing on a plate and covered it with a wet paper towel (I know, weird way to start off my morning).

Then I went to church, which lasted until 12:30-ish. 

Then to the church picnic.

I was beginning to feel fat after eating L&L and so I decided to play basketball with my brothers and their friends.  We played Lightning first.  I'm actually decent at Lightning--just not basketball itself.  I made it to the second, third round and then got out.

I was happy.

Pretty soon, my brothers' friends' dads came over and said, "Let's play a game of basketball!"

The teams were even with me in the game, so I played.  I stuck in for 15-20 minutes, barely dribbling (I kinda know how but I can't in a game), almost always shooting (and always missing), and passing at the end when it was clear I couldn't really skillfully make a shot.  Yesterday wasn't that bad, but just a rule of thumb: Never have your own family on your basketball team!

After "retiring" because I was getting "too old" (that's my favorite excuse, getting old), I went and ate jellybeans (Starburst ones; they were decent, but I like Jelly Bellys better).

We eventually left and headed home.  After an hour or so of resting reading the LA Times (Comics, Parade, and the Entertainment section), my mom and I took off to go chart my solar system.

For those of you who have stuck with me from the very beginning of this blog, remember the really weird post with the measuring rocks and the ode to kielbasa at the end? (To read it, click here)

That was my solar system project.  What I had to do was calculate the planets' size to a certain scale (it wouldn't be very helpful to my school--or the world, as a matter of fact--if I had to fit an entire Jupiter-sized ball into my science classroom).  That was the size part; I only need Mars and Mercury (the two smallest peeps).

The distance part was a little more tricky.  See, you were supposed to print out a map of your neighborhood and meter-by-meter measure out the distances in as straight of a line as possible.  I didn't exactly do that.  There's a function on GoogleMaps where you could measure out how long a line/route was, so that's what I did.  I measured the distances of the planets into GoogleMaps, then zoomed in, looked at the address/street where, say, Neptune was, and then I'd plug the address into our GPS and go there and take pictures of me standing with a sign stating the name and distance of the planet. 

My mom and I traveled around the solar system, and I must say, I got a better sense of direction than I usually have (which honestly isn't saying much).  My mom still got frustrated with my incompetence.  At one point, I said, "Mom, can you turn at that thingy over there?"
"You mean street?" my mom said.
Sometimes my words just spill out so quickly that I can't REMEMBER the word I wanted to use!!!!

Two or three times, the address wasn't working.  I plugged it in over and over again.  Finally, for Mars, we had to just find our way.  We found it.

Then with Saturn we ran into a more serious problem.  The address I plugged in didn't exist (That would be a problem)So we had to skip Saturn, and now I have to do that one today :(  When I came back home, I figured out that I had forgotten one word: 'la.' 

LALALALALALALALALALALALALA.

Gargoyles!

-RCUBED

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Serial ~ The Kuehl Kids Part 3


 
Four figures were standing on the plains.
One of them was just barely visible, wavering in the wind like a sheet of Saran wrap. Her hair was translucent and fleeting.
"Invisa," the Professor whispered into his headset.
Invisa was one of the kidnapped kids. She could turn invisible and shoot force fields.
Another, a boy, was extremely red-faced. As everyone watched, his hand went into flames. He cocked his hand back behind his ear and threw a fireball.
"Fier," the Professor said.
Fier could turn into flames and throw fireballs.
The fireball rolled around and grew into a small wildfire.
"What are they trying to do?!" Ally exclaimed.
"Walter, get the water ready," the Professor said coolly.
Walter tapped a few keys on his keyboard, and within a few seconds, the hidden underground water pipes were alive with water. His hand hovered over a tiny red button installed on his computer mouse.
"Not yet," the Professor whispered. Sweat glistened on his forehead. "We don't want them to know that we're here."
"They're talking," Almira said. "I'm switching it over."
There was a crackling and a staticky sound, and then the sound of voices became louder and louder.
"What are you trying to do?" another kid, a girl with brown hair, said. She looked like a normal person, but everyone in the Vision Room knew that she was actually Taylor Swifte.  Swifte, as she was commonly known, could run fast--even faster than the fictional Flash.  Swifte ran around the flames and promptly put them out.  Her clothes blurred into one figure that zoomed around and around.  Electra could feel her eyes getting sore from just looking at her.
Fier rolled his eyes. "I'm just trying to help," he said.
"That's what they all say. We're only here to scout," Swifte said. "See if there's any evidence that they're living under here."
The last person, a strangely quiet boy, said, "Should I?"
"Quake," the Professor said. "He can make earthquakes."
"Try to make an earthquake? No," said Swifte. "I think we should just scout. They might have hidden cameras, for all we know. But Jasper said not to bet on it, exactly. Apparently way back when in the Superhero Club, the Professor didn't even have a telephone."
Tyler snickered. Everyone sneaked looks at the Professor while Fier said, "You think. What were Jasper's instructions?"
"Do whatever you think is best," said Swifte. She stood tall. "This is what I think is best."
"You," said Fier. His hair heated up into a ball of fire. "This is what I think is best." He head-butted the ball onto the grass, where it sparked into a larger flame than before.  Swifte created a wind by become a mere blur.  However, the fire quickly spread, and Swifte's wind wasn't enough.  Crackling sounds lit up the headsets.
Quake planted himself on the ground. Rumblings began.
As the people in the Vision Room watched the scene unfold in horror, a chunk of the ceiling came out and hit the ground.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

My Bucket List

To those of you out there who do not know what a bucket list is:

A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you die--no matter how crazy, how weird, or how simple.  My bucket list is honestly intriguingly weird, because most people put "bungee jumping" or "skydiving" on theirs, but mine is this:

*Btw, this is in no particular order or ranking.

1.  Publish a kids' fiction book (like The Kuehl Kids)
2.  Win a Newbery Medal with my book (my book will NOT be those fairy books kids read nowadays--give me a break, I could write those but I refuse!)
3.  Walk to school
4.  Find at least ONE writing program that has everything I want.  I have a list of complaints about the couple I've used:
    a.  Microsoft Word went wacky on me and did this- " - instead of the curvy thingies.  That is one of my pet peeves--KEEP THAT IN MIND!!!!
    b.  OpenOffice does this- " - too.  It's SOO annoying!
    c.  GoogleDocs takes a couple minutes to warm up and fully funcion--the couple minutes that I DON'T HAVE!!!!  When I say "warm up," I mean that when I begin to type, the computer goes all slow and I have to wait for the letters to catch up.  After a couple minutes, it's fine, but HONESTLY!!!!  Besides, it's on the Internet, so when I don't have WiFi, I can't type at all and have to resort to
    d.  Microsoft Word Starter, which I don't even have the full version of, and it does the same thing GoogleDocs does and KEEPS DOING IT forever and ever until the apocalypse...
5.  Run a restaurant/sell the food I make
6.  Teach Literature and help kids learn how to write well...I <3 making lesson plans (I know, I need to get a life :)
7.  Go to a midnight movie (I saw The Hobbit at ten p.m., but come on, that doesn't count!)
8.  Turn up Trip Lee/Lecrae/tobyMac/Group 1 Crew REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY LOUD and drive around town livin' it up (in my own car).
9.  Go to Disneyland when there's NOBODY there.
10.  Have an unbreakable Smartphone with a really good touch screen.
11.  Release a single or learn how to make remixes. 

That's all I have so far.  I think that's a bland list compared to others' bucket lists; for example, my friend's.  I got into an e-mailing conversation with her, and guess what one thing on her bucket list was?  Putting vanilla yogurt in a mayo jar and eating it in public.  Now that's a commendable bucket list!


Rcubed

Friday, March 22, 2013

PREVIEW- the Kuehl Kids

Hi....Here is a preview of the Sunday Serial of the Kuehl Kids.  It's just a preview, which means that not everything is included...hint, hint.

Four figures were standing on the plains.
One of them was just barely visible, wavering in the wind like a sheet of Saran wrap. Her hair was translucent and fleeting.

"Invisa," the Professor whispered into his headset.
Invisa was one of the kidnapped kids. She could turn invisible and shoot force fields.
Another, a boy, was extremely red-faced. As everyone watched, his hand went into flames. He cocked his hand back behind his ear and threw a fireball.
"Fier," the Professor said.
Fier could turn into flames and throw fireballs.
The fireball rolled around and grew into a small wildfire.
"What are they trying to do?!" Ally exclaimed.
"Walter, get the water ready," the Professor said coolly.
Walter tapped a few keys on his keyboard, and within a few seconds, the hidden underground water pipes were alive with water. His hand hovered over a tiny red button installed on his computer mouse.
"Not yet," the Professor whispered. Sweat glistened on his forehead. "We don't want them to know that we're here."
"They're talking," Almira said. "I'm switching it over."
There was a crackling and a staticky sound, and then the sound of voices became louder and louder.
"What are you trying to do?" another kid, a girl with brown hair, said. She looked like a normal person, but everyone in the Vision Room knew that she was actually Taylor Swifte. Swifte, as she was commonly known, could run fast--even faster than the fictional Flash. Swifte ran around the flames and promptly put them out. Her clothes blurred into one figure that zoomed around and around. Electra could feel her eyes getting sore from just looking at her.
Fier rolled his eyes. "I'm just trying to help," he said.
"That's what they all say. We're only here to scout," Swifte said. "See if there's any evidence that they're living under here."
The last person, a strangely quiet boy, said, "Should I?"
"Quake," the Professor said. "He can make earthquakes."

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI

To you all who listen to CCM-
Francesca Battistelli is a familiar name to those who follow CCM artists such as tobyMac, Britt Nicole, Chris Tomlin, etc.  Singer of albums My Paper Heart and Hundred More Years, Battistelli has a rich voice and a fame that reaches far.  Although (in my humble opinion) her songs aren't as catchy as songs, say, by Britt Nicole or tobyMac, Battistelli has enjoyed numerous chart-topping hits such as "Free to be Me," "I'm Letting Go," "Beautiful, Beautiful," "It's Your Life" (feat. in Soul Surfer), and "This is the Stuff." 

"This is the Stuff" is from her latest album, Hundred More Years, which came out in 2011.  Battistelli has recently come out with a number of other songs (along with her Christmas album--check it out!), creating the DELUXE version of Hundred More Years.

Recently this year, Battistelli came out with the single "Strangely Dim," which has enjoyed popularity with the Christian crowd.  "Strangely Dim," which talks about how everything in the world dims in comparison to God, headed the several new songs that are featured on the deluxe version of Hundred More Years.  Along with the songs on Hundred More Years, "Trampoline," "Strangely Dim," "Hold Out for Love," "Something More," and "In Your Eyes" are all included in the deluxe version of Hundred More Years, along with two of my personal favorites: remakes of "This is the Stuff" and also "Angel by Your Side."

On Spotify, the remake of "This is the Stuff" includes "Take 1."  My guess is that they made the Take 1 version of "This is the Stuff" before they came up with the current version of "This is the Stuff" (you might be thinking, no, duh).  "This is the Stuff" Take 1 is a lot more upbeat than the regular "This is the Stuff" and is presented in a slightly different vocal form.  It's exciting to hear the same song, same words, same tune, in a different variation.  I'd encourage you to try listening to it.  However, like my mom said, we feel that the regular "This is the Stuff" is more thoughtful and profound, since it's slower in tempo, and so if you pay more attention to the lyrics than the beat, you'd like the regular version of "This is the Stuff" better than the Take 1 variation.

I might have boggled you with that whole paragraph.  If so, sorry.

The remake of "Angel by Your Side" includes the word "unplugged."  "Unplugged" doesn't necessarily mean live (I'm listening to it as I'm writing and I don't think it's live) but the music is piano and violin, so there's no techno beat or anything (not that there would be any techno beat in "Angel by Your Side"). 

I thought that you people might be interested, which is why I'm writing this. 


-Rcubed

P.S. I think you'd have to be a real music fanatic to have read that entire thing.

Oh boy, oh boy...math (:

Today, as I said earlier, I had a math competition. 

I went to school for only half the day (I enjoyed the glory people get when they leave early).  Then I left for the competition, which was at a school near my house.

When I first got there, I had to wait...and wait...until my friends came.  Then it was fun.  We talked about math (like nerds; jk) except we didn't talk about our JOY at doing the competition--we talked about how many problems, how long we got...and groaned.

I had to go up to this room with a bunch of other kids (it was kinda awkward) and, well, we had to start.

The 'head' proctor had to read a long list of whatchamacallits--clarifications?--about decimals and fractions and remainders and whatnot.  The following was like this:

Write both your first and last name on the back of your test.  Write the answers on the blanks provided on the right side of the page.  If the problem is stated as a fraction, write the answer as a fraction.  If the problem is stated as a decimal, write the answer as a decimal, INCLUDING the problems involving money.  DO NOT write long divison remainder answers as R...  Write them as fractions. 

And so on and so forth.  Believe it or not, I think the proctor was supposed to read it every time before we completed our tests (there were 4), but they didn't (thank goodness ;). 

There are two categories, Reasoning and Computation. Computation is just basically a bunch of math problems that you have to solve (not including word problems). I did Computation my first two years, not placing in the first one and placing 1st last year.
I'm not naturally a reasonable person, so when I got signed up for Reasoning (word problems; Computation was already claimed) I was apprehensive.  It turned out to be OK.  Easy enough. 


Then we had to wait for an hour.  So I did.  Eventually, they called us back to the auditorium and introduced our awards.

It turned out I won 5th place.  Out of 10-15 kids, I think that's pretty good.  My brothers both won 1st.  I think that's really good ;)

My school was well represented, and since this is the last year that I can do this competition, I'm pretty satisfied...but not quite.

RCUBED
 
My ribbon ;)
 
 I blocked out some things, but you can see the beautiful color and my place ;)


Thursday, March 21, 2013

How To Predict (*Spoiler Alert!*)

Okay, so you guys saw the last post.  My randomness is very interesting, don't you agree?

Well, I've decided to follow up on my word and show you guys how to PREDICT what's going to happen in the Kuehl Kids.  If you don't want to know what's going to happen, don't read this post (but it should be tempting you right now...)

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

Foreshadowing is basically when an author puts in a little glimpse of something that's going to happen in the future.

For example-

Ashley looked around.  She could feel a prickling sensation at the back of her spine.  In her mind's eye, she imagined someone jumping out at her, someone like the robber that had held up that 7-Eleven once.  She shook it off.  NOBODY is going to jump on me, she reminded herself.  Then she began walking. 

Could you spot the foreshadowing?  Look...

Ashley looked around. She could feel a prickling sensation at the back of her spine. In her mind's eye, she imagined someone jumping out at her, someone like the robber that had held up that 7-Eleven once. She shook it off. NOBODY is going to jump on me, she reminded herself. Then she began
walking.

Do you guys think that maybe someone's going to jump out at Ashley a little later?


I think the Kuehl Kids is pretty predictable (like the 39 Clues) but I'm going to give you guys a few freebies without DIRECTLY giving anything away.

Sometimes foreshadowing occurs, then something that implies the same thing occurs again.  By that time, it should be so redundant that you notice.  For example...

Then Jasper Jalling, one of the members of the SC, had gone rogue. He stole half of the formulas and kidnapped half of the children to make his own "superhero" team--except the "superheroes" he created were not superheroes, but supervillains.
1: This says that Jasper Jalling kidnapped *half* of the kids. 

But beneath the earth, there are four kids, two boys, two girls, that are having the time of their lives. 
2: This says that there are *4 kids*--the other half of the kids--who are under Professor Kuehl's care.


Add #1 + #2 = There must be 4 OTHER KIDS that Jasper Jalling kidnapped.

You might be thinking something like, Well, duh, right now.  But hold on.  And read the next part:

Everyone headed back. Professor Kuehl took one look at his monitor and blanched. "Oh, no," he said. "It can't be. It just can't be."

Four figures were standing on the plains.

3: Since the Kuehl Kids are in the Vision Room with the Professor and Almira, who do you think those kids are?

#1 + #2 + #3 = Those other kids must be....................

What do you think they're going to do?  Well...

In the meantime, the Professor kept an eye on outerworld events and trained his band of young people faithfully in case of an attack.

4: Hmmmm...  Refer back to the Ashley example. 

I'm just going to leave at that.

From now on, NO MORE SPOILERS.  I've given you too much as is ;)

Have fun thinking up what the kids are going to do. 

For foreshadowing, you often can't tell that it's foreshadowing unless you know what's going to happen.  I know what's going to happen, so I can give you the foreshadowing.  Other times, you don't know it's foreshadowing until it actually happens.  Then you look back and think, Ohhh!  How could I not know that?!

RCUBED over and out.

BTW, if you're confused, say so.  If you know me, ask me.  If you want, comment.  If you don't know me or who I am, Google "foreshadowing literary."  There should be a lot better explainers on the Web.



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Today

Today is Wednesday, March 20th, 2013.
The first day of SPRING!!!!!!!
Okay, so winter is my favorite season (I <3 rain).  But spring is a pretty cool season too.
So is summer.  And fall is just kind of the second cousin of summer and winter (who are fraternal twins).  Spring is summer's BF, but winter's archenemy.  Spring always triumphs, though (haha, get it?).  If you don't get it, I don't blame you.  I'm rambling right now.

Today...I put on lip gloss (it has the same consistency as chapstick...disappointment) and went to math class.  I then went for a run (listening to music, of course; my new find is Brittany Hargest) and ate apples (my favorite fruit!).  Then I did history...and English...and lunch...and wrote another post (The Kuehl Kids, Part 7; I'm 5 steps ahead of you guys)...and math...and stuff. 
I'm trying to think up ways for you guys to get a sneak peek at the next Kuehl Kids serial part, but so far I can only think of the preview thing.  Oh, well, I'll just have to spoil it for you guys sometime.  Maybe I'll teach you guys how to read foreshadowing.  I have a lot of foreshadowing in my serial.  If you read foreshadowing, you can tell what's going to happen.  The Kuehl Kids is predictable ;)

On Friday I'm going to go to a math competition.  You might be thinking I'm a real nerd right now, but nope, I try not to be one.  And besides, what defines a nerd?

ALMOST TO SPRING VACATION!!!!!!! HANG IN THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Monday, March 18, 2013

Awesome BBQ Chicken Salad (& More)

Yesterday, we had people over for dinner.  And when we have people over for dinner, we have good food. 
We had Korean BBQ (but us kids had to have leftover tri-tip and chicken from Wood Ranch...which is still good). 
We also had this amaZINK BBQ chicken salad.
Corn, lettuce, BBQ chicken, red onions, cilantro (yuck), and THE SAUCE.
Sauces make life colorful.  I eat honey mustard with unsaucy orange chicken, Ranch with carrots and soy sauce chicken, and mayo with french fries (yuuuuummmmm...)  But this sauce was THE BOMB.
All you have to do is to mix Ranch and BBQ sauce (we used Wood Ranch BBQ) together.  Depending on your taste, you can change up the proportions.  I think generally, people like more Ranch than BBQ on their salad (who puts BBQ sauce on their salad?!) so keep that in mind.  Like 3/4 Ranch and 1/4 BBQ or maybe even wider proportions.  Here's a list of proportions for people that don't know what proportions are yet:

1/4 of the ENTIRE thing BBQ sauce, 3/4 of the ENTIRE thing Ranch
1/2 of the ENTIRE thing BBQ sauce, 1/2 of the ENTIRE thing Ranch
1/3 of the ENTIRE thing BBQ sauce, 2/3 of the ENTIRE thing Ranch
Or you could switch everything around (3/4 BBQ, 1/4 Ranch, etc.)

Yumzeroo!

We had leftover Korean BBQ for lunch (It's pronounced kgalbi, but spelled kalbi.  The k and g are squished together).  It's kinda hard.  But believe it or not, you have to do the kg sound for "Gangnam Style."  People, it's not "Gang-nam Style"!  It's "Kgang-nam Style"!
Yummy...especially with the fat (that sounds terrible, but it's sooooo good!).

I wish I could transport tastes through this thing.  Oh, well, maybe when I'm a hundred they'll have technology that good.

One last thing...
My brothers play baseball, and there's a Snack Shack.  At the Snack Shack, they sell Slush Puppies (no, it's not a puppy that's turned to slush...gross).  My brother got a Slush Puppie and for some reason decided to freeze it.  So now it looks like this:

KGangnam Style!  Not Gangnam Style!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Serial~ Kuehl Kids Part 2

The Kuehl Kids lived underground.  Sixteen acres of ground had Kuehl residence.  There were two reasons for living underground:
1) Because the Professor was so...ahem, unique, some of his former upground neighbors had labored under the delusion that he was crazy.  Crazy to the point of possible imprisonment for harrassment and weirdness. 
2) To hide from Jasper Jalling and his band of villains.  The Professor was wise enough to stay out of public sight.  He knew that Jasper was a dangerous person, and that Jasper's students were very dangerous too. 
In the meantime, the Professor kept an eye on outerworld events and trained his band of young people faithfully in case of an attack.

The Kuehl residence was known as the Underground.  The Professor had named it that because his deceased wife had been British.  The Underground was not just a training area.  It was a manufacturing area, a farm, airport, and school all in one.  There were fields full of vegetables and corn, waving wistfully in the Professor's special Underground Sunlight formula.  The Underground Sunlight formula had the same effects as regular sunlight.  There were also meat factories, because the Professor did not believe in being vegetarian or vegan ("A world without bacon is a sad world indeed," he always said).  There was a huge, one-story maze of a house to live in, complete with bedrooms and kitchens and training areas and so on and so forth, and there was the "Creativity Shop," where the Kuehl Kids could tinker with their hobbies.  The Professor believed in a well-rounded education.

Back to the scene...
"STOP!" Almira cried.  The talking died down.
"I've tracked a movement on the west corner.  Everyone, to the Vision Room!" hollered Almira.
The kids knew what to do.  The Vision Room was a surveillance room the Professor had installed specifically to watch out for Jasper Jalling and his band of rogue kids.  Tyler prompted teleported to the room, while Ally flew, Electra ran (emitting sparks), and Walter surfed on his silver ice wave.

Almira headed everyone.  When they got there, Tyler and the Professor were already hunched over at their specific monitors, activating the defenses they were in charge of.  Electra, Ally, Almira, and Tyler all went to their stations, slipped on their headsets, and for a moment there was silence. 

Each of the stations was individualized for each person, and each person was in charge of one specific defense of surveillance. 

Then Electra spoke into her headset.  "I've activated the electricity bars just in case."
"I hear something," Almira said warningly.  "I'm switching the general sound over to everyone's headsets so we can all hear."

There was a crackling of static, and then everyone strained their ears.  Slowly but surely, a faint sound was making its way over the headphones.

"What on earth?" said Ally.  There was fear in her voice.  "Is that what I think it is?"

I'm a little pony, running over the plains.
When I get back to my barn, I love eating grains.
I love to laugh and run and jump
Flying high, so free.
When you come and visit, why don't you fly with me?

It's you, singing!
Ally's eyes popped open. "I hate ponies!" she hollered. She jumped up.
"Who is that?" Tyler said.
Almira started laughing. "I guess it's just a person pretending to be a wild pony," she said. "False alarm."
"That's weird," Walter commented seriously. He leaned forward in his chair as everyone else left their stations, relieved.
"I'm glad it's not something else," Almira said as she got up.
Just then, the alarms started blaring again.
"The pony person?" Ally's eyes widened.
Walter paled. "Oh my goodness," he said. "Look at this."
He held up the monitor for all to see.
Almira gasped. "Everyone back to your stations!"
Everyone headed back. Professor Kuehl took one look at his monitor and blanched. "Oh, no," he said. "It can't be. It just can't be."

Four figures were standing on the plains.

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Today I completely forgot it was St. Patrick's Day and forgot to wear green (I wore red and black instead).  I have had 3 pinches so far (aren't brothers and sisters wonderful? ;).
Kuehl Kids is coming up!  Hope you guys like the series so far.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I did it!

Well, I finished.  Thank goodness.  I didn't mess up (but I did forget to execute something; oh well) although I might have hurried...I don't know.  I did it.
Gargoyles!
When I got there, I had to sit in this chair (which was really comfy) and when I looked around, I saw that I was sitting by these little (or littler) kids who had suits and dresses on (I was wearing pants and a shirt).  I was like, Oh, great, wow, you must be really behind (item: I was talking to myself). 
Near the end I got bored and found myself searching for typos in the program (yeah, I know how to pass the time...)  I did find some, though.


Pianissimo

Wish me luck today as I head to this "piano competition."  There's technically almost no chance I'm going to get #1 because 1) I looked at the program, and I'm one of the first to go, which means that I am one of the least skilled, and 2) there are 33 people in it.  Thankfully, I don't have to sit through all 33, though~as much as I enjoy playing piano, I still feel that listening to it is somewhat of a bore (unless it's "Heart and Soul"). 
 
 


Friday, March 15, 2013

Kuehl Kids Preview

Hey~I'm giving you guys a little preview on the full post on Sunday.

"STOP!" Almira cried. The talking died down.
"I've tracked a movement on the west corner. Everyone, to the Vision Room!" hollered Almira.
The kids knew what to do. The Vision Room was a surveillance room the Professor had installed specifically to watch out for Jasper Jalling and his band of rogue kids. Tyler prompted teleported to the room, while Ally flew, Electra ran (emitting sparks), and Walter surfed on his silver ice wave.

Almira headed everyone. When they got there, Tyler and the Professor were already hunched over at their specific monitors, activating the defenses they were in charge of. Electra, Ally, Almira, and Tyler all went to their stations, slipped on their headsets, and for a moment there was silence.

Each of the stations was individualized for each person, and each person was in charge of one specific defense of surveillance.

Then Electra spoke into her headset. "I've activated the electricity bars just in case."
"I hear something," Almira said warningly. "I'm switching the general sound over to everyone's headsets so we can all hear."

There was a crackling of static, and then everyone strained their ears. Slowly but surely, a faint sound was making its way over the headphones.

"What on earth?" said Ally. There was fear in her voice. "Is that what I think it is?"

Thursday, March 14, 2013

More Random Stuff

So I told you about art earlier this mornin'.  Well, here I am again, sharing some photos and other random stuff with you.
I actually have less schoolwork than I figured, so I took an early lunch break and did some photos for y'all...
The destiny of many...quitting piano.  I'm thinking about switching to playing praise, not classical.

Some photo of a chair leg going down.  It didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. 
 
 
 
 

Sorry about yesterday

Hey peeps-
Sorry I couldn't post yesterday.  I had to go to math class, do schoolwork, eat lunch, do more schoolwork (still I wasn't done), do an hour of tennis, take a shower, do more schoolwork, and go to a birthday party.  I've got a lot of schoolwork.  Partly because I have six classes and they all assign a lot and partly because I prolong the agony (I have high standards for myself, which strictly isn't the best thing to get things done). 
Gargoyles!
I <3 being busy but I hate being busy.  If that makes any sense.
Oh, and if you can, can you vote on the poll on the sidebar?  Thanks ;)
Today I woke up early (again) and attempted to do my art assignment.  We're working with oil pastels right now, and we were supposed to do a landscape that showed rhythm.  I didn't do so well...

Original picture (from my backyard).

My picture.  Gargoyles!
 
And so yeah.  Toodles, folks.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Random Photos and Phun (Science Project and Kielbasa)

How's y'all doing?
Today I was feeling silly and I took a picture of my solar system science project which I'm sure NOBODY is interested in...along with a couple of other things.

 It's complicated, but in the end, I was measuring these fakey stones to see if they passed the test (do you guys recall seeing these stones in EVERY SINGLE TOURIST TRAP on vacation, even if it has minor relevance to your vacation spot?).  I was caught in a tourist trap in Arizona, I think, and I begged my mom for these.
 

Nice picture of the stones...iPhone res is pretty good!

Side shot.  I was looking on the side and I thought it looked really cool...the picture's angle didn't turn out the way I wanted.
 
Aluminum foil (obviously).  I bet you guys are bored.  Sorry.  Just look at the next one.
 
A piece of kielbasa (learn about it in the tribute to Shakespeare down here).
 
Ode to Kielbasa
Thoust sits so cold and abandoned
On that limp old paper plain.
What has a meager piece
Of sausage anything to gain?
I bet thoust is sorry
For thyself, as plain can see.
What thou should know is that
Thou's as happy as thou can be.
Why, thou has perfect arms and legeths!
Thou has a brain to think.
So why not learn some Polish,
Or some Hebrew, or some Greek?
Attempt your hand at mathematics.
Be like all the rest.
What use is it to attempt something
If you won'teth be the best?
Study, study, study, just like humans.
Prove thyself! 
Learn to learn and thinkest how to think
Not about earthly pelf.
But by far, the most useful thing for thou to do
Is not Literature, or a prize.
Plop into a hot pan of oil
Blessed--the beautiful smell of you that fries!
 
My translation:
Kielbasa-
You look like you feel sorry for yourself.  Don't.  Study hard and go to college.  That's one good way to put your brains to use.  But another good way is plop yourself into the frying pan.  You're delicious!
 
You might think I'm crazy for talking to a piece of kielbasa, but I made up this all spur-of-the-moment at 8:52 p.m.
 

Monday, March 11, 2013

PB&J ReVamped

I remember what I was going to put on my last PB&J post.  To make PB&J doubly awesome, you have to put one layer of peanut butter on one bread, then a layer of jam on top of that (so what if they mix?).  Then you have to repeat the same on the other bread and clap them together.
Yum!
Also, I went on a run with my family this morning.  After we came back, I had this:
Yep, that's granola!  I did my famous half-pb&j sandwich, then sprinkled blueberry flaxseed granola from Sprouts on top.  Even though I couldn't taste the granola, the sandwich was decent ;)

Speaking of granola, you have to get some of it from Sprouts.  There's a French Vanilla flavor from Sprouts, and a Pecan Praline caramel thingy.  Both are high in calories, but mmmmm.  They make you want to keep eating it over and over and over and over again!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Serial

Okay, so, I've wanted to try my writing out on people like y'all...just to see if you guys like it.  I've had people say they like my blog; now I want to try something that's been developing in my brain.
I <3 writing stories, and so I've decided to have a Sunday Serial, where I write part of a long, ongoing story every Sunday.  Everything's going to end at cliffhangers (hey, if the Korean drama people do it, so am I!) and it'll be exciting, I promise.  So, here's the beginning...

Pretend you're walking on a huge stretch of grassy plain, pretending to be a wild pony in pioneer days.
The air is crisp and cold and clear, and you're having the time of your life.
Suddenly, you hear a crackle.  You stop pretending and are jerked back to reality.
You stop in your tracks.  Then you hear another crackle.  And another.  Then a gushing sound, and a supersonic zapping noise. 
You look at the ground, and there's a huge flapping sound, like someone's trying to beat a pair of rugs together.
And all of those noises seem like they're coming from underneath the earth.

Is it an apocalypse? you wonder.  Your imagination's soaring.  Maybe there are aliens under the earth!
Then you go back to playing wild ponies, and you forget every bit of noise that you ever heard.

But beneath the earth, there are four kids, two boys, two girls, that are having the time of their lives.  They're all twelve and thirteen, and they seem to behave unusually.  They're in a giant octagonal room programmed to look like a desert.  The two girls are on one side of the room, and the two boys are facing them opposite.  One of the boys, with sandy blond hair and green eyes, seems to disappear into thin air, then appear at a different spot.  The other boy has pale skin and jet-black hair, and water seems to issue from his hands.  One of the girls, with chestnut red hair and a small stature, has a pair of huge white feathery wings as large as she is sprouting from her back.  She's suspended in midair by those wings.  The other girl is pretty and radiant, with a seemingly glowing body--yellow hair and turquoise eyes that light up.  The scene unfolds as the girl zaps little electric sparks in the direction of the two boys.  All of them are laughing their heads off and occasionally trashtalking.

"BE QUIET!" A voice rang out, echoing around the octagonal room.
The kids turned, halting their laughing and joking, to find Almira Kuehl.
Almira was married to a spy, Charles Dillwin, but unfortunately, her husband perished heroically during a mission (falling off a cliff), and Almira had moved back in with her father, the distinguished, crazy Professor Alberto Kuehl.

Professor Kuehl was old, with grizzled gray hair, and one of his hobbies was studying superheroes.  Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc., were his heroes, and he had often tried to replicate one of them.  His ideas he had shared with other scientists, who caught onto his notions.  They formed the Superhero Club, where they created possible formulas for a serum that would make one like a superhero.

Some of the people participating in Superhero Club activities were married and had children, and it was discussed that some of the children could be the first possible superheroes.
Then Jasper Jalling, one of the members of the SC, had gone rogue.  He stole half of the formulas and kidnapped half of the children to make his own "superhero" team--except the "superheroes" he created were not superheroes, but supervillains.  The Professor had quickly realized what Jasper had done.  Then the Prof. managed to convince the other parents to let their children take the serums before Jasper Jalling got to them.  The four children were to help defeat the villains, the Professor knew.  Electra could shoot electric sparks and control electric currents.  Walter could control water and several forms of watery precipitation.  Tyler could teleport.  And Ally could fly.  These were the Kuehl Kids.

Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch

Guys, totally, you have to try this!
Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch.  Vanilla ice cream (which is yummy in itself) and Heath Bar (toffee).  TRY TOFFEE!!!!! <In heaven>

Just in case you want to know, the bag on top of the ice cream is Costco's potstickers, and yes, that's Cherry Garcia to the left.

The Great Orange Balloon

Around Thanksgiving time, I had the chance to go on a balloon up, up, up.
Our family friends from the bay area (SF, around there) took my brothers and me to the Great Park in Irvine.  The Great Park, to those of you who don't know, is almost an amusement park.  It used to be an airport, so there's plenty of space, and there are wild fields and playgrounds, but get this: there's also a carousel (free of charge) and a hot air balloon (free of charge).  The hot air balloon isn't strictly a true hot air balloon because it's attached to the ground by a rope, but I had the chance to go up in it.  It was really cool...even though I'm afraid of heights!
It was giant and orange and SO COOL!

Original photo.

My version of the sign.  Please, no food, drinks, or horses!

See that thing?  it's attached.

Most of the trip, I was planted to the basket and couldn't move, but I managed to take some pictures.  The attendant said that on clear days, you could see to the ocean!  We couldn't see to the ocean, but we did see a movie theater by our house!  It was amazink...

The view up. 

Like I said, it used to be an airport.


Also...



Merchandise: One orange cone.

I think they said on our local Christian radio station that they were going to start charging--$2 for the carousel, $10 for the balloon.  Hurry up and get up there before they start doing that!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Killer PB&J

I just had half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Costco's magnificent kettle chips and a couple cups of milk.  Once, I made killer PB&J that's extra-gooey and extra-awesome.
It was really messy, but it was cool at the same time, too.  What I basically did was I put a double quantity of peanut butter and jelly on one sandwich.  Sticky, gooey, salty, yum!  How did I ever survive without PB&J?
One tip for PB&J--you have to go big or go home.  You have to put a lot of everything on it to make it really amazing.  I see these peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that have one tiny thin layer of peanut-butter-jelly mixture and it's pathetic.  Urgh!  A lot, a lot, a lot, a lot!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

WeirdFood

What's up, everyone?  Rcubed here.
My mom couldn't go to Costco today, so for dinner we had parmesan chicken with eggs, oatmeal, salad, and toast, along with madeleines.
I love this.  It says "100% butter."  So true!

Eggs are awesome with milk added.

My plate.  I made a honey mustard mayo sauce mixing honey mustard dressing and a spoonful of mayo.  I can eat anything with mayo...chicken, bread, even eggs (just eat something with the eggs).  It's a gift. 
 
You're jealous.  Haha.
 
To make awesome buttered toast, put a few tablespoons of butter into a saucepan and heat the stove up high.  Then plop a few pieces of bread into the butter and keep it facedown for a while.  Flip it once or twice.  Thumbs-up toast. 
 
-Rcubed

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Renowned Hot-Doggo

Hi people-
Recently, my family watched Glory Road, starring Jerry Bruckheimer (name check?).  It's a basketball movie about this college coach who recruits a team of black basketball players in the 70s, when it was still fairly racially harsh, especially in the South.  We had to skip kind of a lot of parts, but one funny incident will stick with me for the rest of my life.  The renowned hot-doggo!
See, the newly recruited players were trying out the college cafeteria for the first time.  One of the players stepped up to the line, and the cafeteria guy said, "Nacho?  Burrito?  Taco?"
The player said, "No, I'm looking for a hot-doggo."
"Nacho?  Burrito?  Taco?"
"Hot-doggo," the player persisted. 
You can imagine how the scene ended. 
I cracked up.
There was also a--go figure--basketball game in the cafeteria with a head of lettuce as a ball and trash cans as the hoops.
There are some funny spots, but Glory Road mainly isn't a comedy, so I don't advise watching it just for the funny parts.  There are some pretty serious stuff in it. 
I just keep cracking up.  Hot-doggo.
-Rcubed