Wizard World and An Abundance of Books

by Kaitlin31. March 2014 17:41

 

Lo siento.

 

Es tut mir leid

 

Je suis désolé

 

ごめんなさい

 

In other words:

 

I’m sorry.

 

It’s been ages since I last posted (26 days to be exact), and I have absolutely no excuse other than I’ve been reading and scrolling through Tumblr an inordinate amount of times. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got.

 

So I’ll catch you guys up on my life.

 

Dad and I went to the Sacramento Wizard World, both dressed as Captain Hammer from Joss Whedon’s ingenious film: Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog. It was so amazing, that we hadn’t even made it to the Convention Center, when we were stopped by a passing Maintenance worker who recognized our costumes.  He took our pictures! How cool is that!?!

 

I also got a picture with Bruce Campbell there, and adorned myself with gazillions of pins about Firefly, Harry Potter, the Avengers, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, The Princess Bride (“Anybody want a peanut?”), and The Big Bang Theory. And no, I did not ask to touch Thor’s hammer. Although I did get to sit through the question/comment panel for him (Chris Hemsworth), Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell and some guy I didn’t know from the TV show Walking Dead.

 

And then, on the five hour long car drive back to our RV, I got sick. Fever, moaning, sniffles, sore throat, the whole works. It wasn’t that fantastic. But luckily it didn’t happen at Wizard World.

 

So that was a while back, but how about living in the now?

 

Just last week, my Mom convinced my Dad to take me to Barnes & Noble to buy two or three books. I was in heaven. You know, they say the quickest way to Kaitlin’s heart is by taking her book shopping. Grandparents, you might wanna write this down as a gift idea: All-expenses-paid trip to the book store.

 

Anyways, I whipped out the list of books I wanted (yes, I actually keep a list on my iPod, Jose), and I scanned the numerous, dusted book shelves, looking for the three Chosen Ones that would return home with me.

 

In conclusion, I crossed Divergent, The Maze Runner, and An Abundance of Katherine’s off my book list. I finished Divergent five days ago (I read it for two and a half days straight), I finished An Abundance of Katherine’s in a little less than two days, and I started The Maze Runner, and am already half-way through with it (I haven’t had very much time to read these past two days or so).

 

You’re probably thinking ‘Three books!? Her list must be very tiny now!’

 

Nope. Actually, I’ve added more books to the list (in case you’re wondering, it’s the next books in the Divergent series, and all other books ever written by John Green).

 

It has become my goal to read enough books to fill a small library. I’m not really sure how many books that would be, but it sounds like a fun thing to do.

 

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Thor's Hammer

by Kaitlin5. March 2014 08:58

at the Sacramento Wizard World.

And, ACTION:

Mom: I’m so jealous of you, Kaitlin!

Me: For meeting the hottest man alive?

Mom: Yes! You get to be rrrright up next to him!

Me: I don’t get to touch him, Mom! They’ll throw me out!

Mom: I would do it anyways! I would walk up to him and listen to him talking in that British voice…

Me: Mom, he’s Australian

Mom: Well they have nice voices too. Anyways, I’ll walk up to him, and engage him in conversation, and when the time is right, I’ll say “Thor…can I touch your hammer?”

 

Feel free to interpret that however you want.

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A Bum of an Idea

by Kaitlin2. March 2014 15:13

I have made a very important scientific discovery.

Homeschoolers have sensitive bums.

I’m being completely serious right now. I’ll give you a few examples to validate my hypothesis.

First of foremost: At Camp Lyle McLeod a few years ago, one of my friends was complaining about how the camp toilet paper was horrible! She said that her parents always buy the 36-ply, quilted, ultra-soft, goose-down, blah blah blah, type of toilet paper. And guess what: she was homeschooled!

Second of all: When we were staying at a friend’s house for a while, we went shopping and bought a package of toilet paper. We came back, and my friend – who is also homeschooled – told us that he preferred softer toilet paper, and that the type we bought was terribly uncomfortable.

With this new data came the need to ask questions.

Why are homeschooled bums more delicate than regular schooled bums?

And I had an epiphany:

Public schools are too cheap to buy anything softer than sandpaper. So all the kids that use the bathroom at school, are forced to use to the itchy, irritating, irrational things they pass as toilet tissue.

As you can see, this whole thing is a very sticky situation.

 

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Water Glass Limericks

by Kaitlin28. February 2014 17:04

Two new developments have been discovered in the field of Kaitlin today.

First of all: Waiting until the last minuet to get your homework done, and then having the power go out is actually (and you'd never guess this...) NOT a good way to get your work done. Fancy that! Now I have to work this weekend to finish my homework.

Second of all: I'm a complete and utter klutz. I was grabbing my "empty" water glass, only to discover that WOAH! there's actually water still in it!! I wasn't planning on taking a shower today, but I guess I did anyways!

There once was a full glass of water

Which spilt on a clumsy daughter

So she wrote a sentimental limerick

That was pretty much emotional gibberish

'Cuz she's being laughed at by Mother and Father

 

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Sparring Jedi Mind Tricks

by Kaitlin28. February 2014 10:38

O-to-the-M-to-the-G

Last night, my dad and I went to Karate as usual. Only, instead of the usual instructor, we had a surprise guest! HE WAS SO AWESOME! I pretty much fangirled after class, going on and on about how fantastic he was!

He is a sparring competition champion. He has won 70 out of his 76 tournaments. And here's how: Jedi Mind Tricks.

He reads his opponents while their fighting. He can tell whether your right hand dominant, whether you prefer kicking over fists, or if you prefer offense over defense - just by fighting with you for less than a minuet! He notices the habits people form when they're about to attack; shoulder moves before fist, pausing a moment before lunging, inhaling before you punch, etc.

If anyone has seen the wicked TV show Lie to Me (which I highly recommend), you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

I could not stop talking about how amazing that class was. I was chatting with some Karate friends on Facebook afterwards, and I was fangirling and using all caps when I typed, as well as twenty thousand exclamation marks.

Just a side note: While I'm writing this, I'm listening to Cee Lo Green's "Kung Fu Fighting". Ironic much? 

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Sparring Jedi Mind Tricks

by Kaitlin28. February 2014 10:38

O-to-the-M-to-the-G

Last night, my dad and I went to Karate as usual. Only, instead of the usual instructor, we had a surprise guest! HE WAS SO AWESOME! I pretty much fangirled after class, going on and on about how fantastic he was!

He is a sparring competition champion. He has won 70 out of his 76 tournaments. And here's how: Jedi Mind Tricks.

He reads his opponents while their fighting. He can tell whether your right hand dominant, whether you prefer kicking over fists, or if you prefer offense over defense - just by fighting with you for less than a minuet! He notices the habits people form when they're about to attack; shoulder moves before fist, pausing a moment before lunging, inhaling before you punch, etc.

If anyone has seen the wicked TV show Lie to Me (which I highly recommend), you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

I could not stop talking about how amazing that class was. I was chatting with some Karate friends on Facebook afterwards, and I was fangirling and using all caps when I typed, as well as twenty thousand exclamation marks.

Just a side note: While I'm writing this, I'm listening to Cee Lo Green's "Kung Fu Fighting". Ironic much? 

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Eyelashs Mites and Multiplying People

by Kaitlin27. February 2014 15:37

 

Who knew a one-hour science class could completely change my life. Forever. I will never be able to look at myself in the same way as I did earlier today. And I will tell you why.

 

Eyelash mites.

 

Here, I will repeat it so you can really grasp the horror I had to learn about.

 

Eyelash mites.

 

Yes sir, they are real. They are microscopic parasite-like things that live amongst your eyelashes and eat the dust and goop. My teacher said they love mascara, and when you don't wash your face, they pig out on the oil and dirt around your eyelashes. Lovely, isn’t it?

 

And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, you were shown PICTURES!

 

On an entirely new topic, I love friends! I have met so many phenomenal people at Karate (okay, so maybe it’s only, like, five…but it’s still awesome). They are so funny and nice and generally fan-freaking-tastic. I am so thankful for these awesome people that I call my friends.

 

To paraphrase John Travolta’s Danny Zuko in the epic movie Grease:

 

“I got friends! They’re multiplying! And it’s almost outa control! ‘Cuz he happiness they’re supplying – it’s electrifying!”

 

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National Chocolate Mint Day!

by Kaitlin19. February 2014 13:06

Happy National Chocolate Mint Day! One of my favorite wacky holidays (even though I just found out about it ten seconds ago)! Today is the day for you to give in to those primal urges to eat chocolaty minty goodness. Seriously, stop reading this and go buy some  chocolate mint ice cream, or maybe a nice big mint chocolate cake! This is a very important thing - it must be, it was made into a National holiday.

Today is also International Tug-of-War Day! Woohoo! Go get a long rope and a few friends, and go play some tug of war!

 

Okay, now that the celebrations and festivities are over with...

My Language Arts class just spent an hour talking about capitalization. A whole HOUR of a bunch of 8th graders talking about the difference between my uncle, Ted; and my Uncle Ted.

You would think I'm being sarcastic or exaggerating right now, but I'm not. We literally spent an entire hour that I could have been using to read FanFiction's online, going over why you should capitalize "Middle East", but not "northern Washington".

I really have to question our school systems curriculum. I have been going to school for almost a decade of my life, and yet I am having to be taught how to capitalize my sentences.

With that, I'm going to go grab a mint chocolate bar and my mint ice cream (it's not technically mint chocolate, but it will have to do) in honor of National Chocolate Mint Day, do nothing at all to celebrate International Tug-of-War Day, and see if I can correctly capitalize my Science homework.

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The Simple Things in Life

by Kaitlin18. February 2014 10:22

Okay, so when I made my last post about my new segment, Living With Kaitlin's Parents, I didn't think it would be making it's appearance again so soon!

But then I remembered that this was my parents we were talking about, and now I'm actually surprised they didn't make their appearance sooner.

Anyways, Living with Kaitlin's Parents Presents: The Simple Things in Life.

My Mom, Dad, and I were sitting in their bed, talking about the chicken Dad had made for dinner on the BBQ. Then Mom asked: "What did you add to that chicken? It was really good!"

Dad thought for a moment.

"Heat."

I laughed SO HARD! It wasn't even that funny! But, I was rolling on bed and laughing until I couldn't breathe.

For the rest of the night, I would randomly ask to no one in particular: "What did you add to that chicken? Heat!" And then I would explode into a whole new round of laughter. My parents said I was a special child.

I said: "I know. I'm jealous of you guys. I might never have a kid as amazingly awesome and wicked fantastic as yours."

And then, I just grinned.

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Living with Kaitlin's Parents

by Kaitlin16. February 2014 15:01

Welcome to my new favorite segment of Acting Nomad: Living with Kaitlin's Parents!

So here I am, sitting on the couch, annoyed that I still have math to do. My Dad told me that I did indeed have to do my extra credit math homework. Just a FYI, I already have an A+ in math at 108%.

Anyways, here I am, doing my non-mandatory homework that Dad made mandatory. Dad had to help me a bit because I did the math wrong on one part (I still think it's the courses fault). My excuse was: "It's just an extra credit assignment, anyways. It's not a big deal."

Mom looked over at me, and said: "It's not mandatory to have kids, either. Kids are extra credit. But you should still put in all the effort so they come out right."

Okay, Mom. I'll keep that in mind.

 

On the topic of math:

"How I see math word problems: If you have 4 pencils, and I have 7 apples, how many pancakes will fit on the roof? Purple, because aliens don't wear hats."

In other words: Algebra in a nutshell.

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