Ok, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks, so highlights:

School is over. Finished a couple weeks of summer school to help me catch up, and have done better in math than I did before. Yeah.

Funeral. Sad. ūüė¶

Week spent with my cousins (all young kids) and NO WI-FI. I went though withdrawal.

That awkward/ awesome moment when your twelve year old cousin tells you that she likes you better without makeup.

Family vacation, seeing my siblings tonight. Spent most of today in pajamas.

Sun, pool, ninety degrees. Ocean breeze. Why am I on the computer?


Indian Summer

Indian Summer

H M racerback shirt

7 For All Mankind cropped skinny jeans

London Rebel strappy leather sandals

Tylie Malibu cross body bag

Irene Neuwirth rose gold earrings

Eddie Borgo square earrings

Miso ring

Paul Joe lipstick

Summer Lovin’, Happened So Fast

Summer Lovin', Happened So Fast

Free People embroidered dress

Pret a Surf striped shorts

Canvas handbag

Beach jewelry

Lacoste Sorbonne Beach Towel

One of Those Things

I found this on this great blog,¬†I normally am totally against chain-anythings, but I think that 99 question – have you/haven’t you? is a cool idea. So, me…
1. Started your own blog
¬† ¬† Oh look, a blog…
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
    Does Disneyworld count?
8. Climbed a mountain
    Yes, but it was a small one
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
¬† ¬† Yes, but I don’t really like to do it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
¬† ¬† Oh yes. They’re beautiful when they’re on the beach ūüôā
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
    Yep: sketching,Graphic design
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables/fruits
    When I was a kid
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
    Of course.
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
    Two words: Prom. Shopping.
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
    Surprisingly (for all involved), yes.
26. Gone skinny dipping
    In the dark, but that still counts, right?
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
¬† ¬† I’m pretty sure
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
¬† ¬† Who hasn’t?
31. Hit a home run
¬† ¬† My fav sport ūüôā
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
¬† ¬† At this party…
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
    I highly recommend it.
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
    Snorkeling in the Bahamas. That ended when I saw the Shark.
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
¬† ¬† What kid hasn’t?
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
    As a young kid.
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
¬† ¬† I won’t let my mother get rid of my American Girl dolls that she has in storage.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
    With family.
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
    My friends had us do that and sign our square instead of signing a wedding book!
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
    Does school count?
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

 Ok, 27 out of 99. I have a lot to do.

New Experiences

So yesterday I had the awesome opportunity to meet about 40 kids from Delhi, India when they came to my school. I go to a small school, so I wasn’t grappling for attention. The indian students, they were SO not what I was expecting. First of all, they go to a pretty nice private school¬†– blazers and uniforms and all. Secondly, they’re ridiculously smart. As they were showing us a Powerpoint about their school, one girl (my new friend) pointed out a wall that had been painted all over – a student-made mural. She said that it was created by …. and from her tone, I thought she was going to say ‘ students with special needs’. It had that compassionate, pitying, I’m-trying-to-understand-those-poor- souls kind of sound. Instead she said, ‘ students who aren’t maybe as intelligent, but good at art.’ Ok.

Culture shock. When art students are looked down upon, I need to hide my sketches. I think they were unimpressed with the student artwork all around the school. They were certainly unimpressed with the food – Thank you, Bojangles’. They were so sweet and willing to learn and share, though. They had a boy sing one of their songs for us, a haunting melody that leaped back and forth over the musical scale. We replied with one of our own songs, a worship song we had just sung that morning. Our guitarist and drummer are particularly awesome, and with four of us girls leading, worship was fun, beautiful, and amazing. At first my friend was like, ‘We can’t sing this! It’s against their culture.’ I replied with, ‘So? They know we’re a Christian School. Why shouldn’t we do our thing?’

And so, we did our thing, and God did His thing. And you know what?

One of the Indian teachers got up and started to dance.

Oh yeah, best. jam. sesh. EVER.

So by the end of the day, I have a dozen new Indian girl friends, know only 3 of their names, have an Indian gift (a gorgeous bracelet) and an opportunity to change the world on a global level (our schools are teaming up with an organization called Global Initiative). All in all, a Good day.