Monday, April 30, 2012

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Books 10 & 11

You cant re-read The Hunger Games and NOT go on to finish the whole series!! And besides, I LOVED Catching Fire the first time and it has been awhile since I last read it so, why not?? There are all kinds of crazy twists in this one and the end has a major cliff hanger!! I cant wait for this one to be made into a movie!! November 2013 cant come soon enough!! 

After helping Chip and Alex survive 15th century London, Jonah and Katherine are summoned to help another missing child, Andrea, face her fate. Andrea is really Virginia Dare, from the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Jonah and Katherine are confident in their ability to help Andrea fix history, but when their journey goes dangerously awry, they realize that they may be in over their head. They've landed in the wrong time period. Andrea doesn't seem that interested in leaving the past. And even worse, it appears that someone has deliberately sabotaged their mission...

I'm still liking this series! Yes, I know the story follows a 13 year old kid, but I like it because I know there are not going to be any "interesting" parts that I am embarrassed to read! If I'm being honest though, this was probably my least favorite of the three I've read so far. It was kind of slow...... it felt like a lot of repetition to me. And Andrea is kind of a really obnoxious 13 year old girl {I know, I know.... I shouldn't be surprised by that}, by the end, I was just ready for her story to be over!! 
But that didn't stop my from wanting to read the next one!! And I just found out today that the book I am reading now is not the last one in the series! Ahh!! I should have known!! The next book doesn't come out until September!! Have I ever told you how impatient I get waiting for the next book in a series {waiting for the Harry Potter books just about killed me}!?!

Something I did love about this book though was that it was about the Lost Colony of Roanoke! I remember learning about it in elementary school and found it fascinating {probably makes me really weird, I know}.
But how does a whole group of people just disappear?? Did the Indians kill them all?? Did they just move to another island?? Did they try to sail back to England and get shipwrecked along the way?? Maybe one day we will know!! 

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Monday, April 16, 2012

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Time Capsule

Back in 2002 for a Young Women’s activity we made time capsules. We filled out papers about ourselves and filled our cans with whatever we wanted!! We sealed them and agreed not to open them for 10 whole years.
Mine sat under my bed for years and years, collecting large quantities of dust. Every so often I would pull it out and consider opening it. But, I was strong and held out.
Back in 2002, the year 2012 seemed SO far away! I was going to be OLD in 2012!! But looking back, 2002 seems like just yesterday! The years flew by so quickly!!

In February my best friend Lacey and I got together to open our cans!! When that can was sealed I was also with Lacey! It was fun to open them together!!

Look at what was in my can:
Pictures of boys, pictures from the Olympics, notes to friends, clippings of clothes and shoes and jewelry I wanted, a Strength of Youth pamphlet and a cut out of Dr Pepper!! I don’t know what I was hoping would be in that can, but there wasn’t anything I was super excited to find! It was pretty fun to read through the “About Me” papers though!! Here are some of the things I wrote, word for word!
What’s Hot? What’s Not
* What people are wearing? Roxy, Silvers, Quicksilver and Lucky
* Fads that are in? Wearing cute socks and flip flops
* Top Songs? Upbeat pop songs
* Top TV shows? MTV, TRL, Friends and Alias
* Top Movies? Lord of the Rings and Star Wars
Hi, Future World!! Let me tell you about myself. My name is Amanda M Markus. I am also called Mandi. As I prepare this time capsule, I am 16 years old and in the 11th grade. I go to Copper Hills. I have plenty of happy times in my life, but overall I’d have to say the best day was when I went to the Olympics and when I did honor choir. Then there was the worst day, which I’d like to forget. One that day, I fell off a ledge in Snow Canyon. My proudest moment was when I got accepted to NHS. My most embarrassing moment was when I fell down the stairs at school and fell up too. {Even then I fell down a lot!!}
A Few of my Favorite Things
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite movie: Pearl Harbor and Harry Potter                                        {Pearl Harbor, Ha!! I was so in love with Josh Hartnett! Hence the picture of him you see in my can}
Favorite book: To Kill A Mockingbird and Harry Potter                                     {Still at the top of my favorite book list}
Favorite singer: N*SYNC
Favorite food: CHINESE
Favorite TV program: Friends, ER, Charmed and Survivor                                      {I don’t think I really ever LOVED Friends….. but everyone else did….. So I think I put it on there to fit in}
Favorite place to eat out: Any Chinese place
Hobbies: Singing, being with friends, listening to music
Sports: Soccer, figure skating and gymnastics                                    {With the skating and gymnastics thing I think it was more that I liked watching it!}
Collections: None
Name of School: Copper Hills High School
Grade: 11
Teachers: Mr Watrous, Mr Dillon and Mrs Beddoes
Favorite subject: History & English
School friends: Tiffany H, Amanda C, Aprielle R, Allison M, Danielle S, Lacey S
Best school lunch: Baked potatoes
Worst school lunch: Tacoes
Some of my goals are: To go to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I want to get married in the temple and have 2 kids.                                        {So much for those goals}
If I could choose any career, it would be: An interior decorator, fashion designer or graphic designer {I would still love to have any one of these careers}
One thing I have always wanted to do but havent is: Go on a date with Cody L {Oh Cody L!! I had the BIGGEST crush on him!! I remember the first time he talked to me at a football game! And when he signed my yearbook my junior year}
Some of my best qualities are: Singing and my small feet

It was pretty funny looking back!! And it was really really fun to be opening the can with one of the people I put it together with 10 years earlier!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Books 8 and 9

After seeing The Hunger Games I just couldn't help myself!! I had just started reading another book but gave it up so I could re-read one of my favorite books!! I've said it before and I'll say it again, READ THIS BOOK!!! I didn't put a synopsis of what the books about only because I'm sure everyone knows what it's about by now!! I know that plot line sounds kind of crazy...... kids, forced to kill other kids...... but ot really is a good book!!! READ IT!!

Returning home from the war, young Galen finds work with his mother’s family in the royal gardens. There he learns that the king’s twelve daughters have a secret: every night they dance their shoes to tatters, but no one knows how or why. When prince after prince tries and fails to find the answer, and the family is haunted by accusations of witchcraft, Galen decides to help. Armed with a pair of silver knitting needles and an invisibility cloak given to him by a strange old woman, he follows the princesses and unlocks the secret of their curse.

You should know by now that I love a good fairy tale!! This story is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Unlike a few fairy tale re-tellings that I read last year, I really liked this one!! There is a sequel to this book called Princess of Glass and I am excited to read that one!! I love it when everyone lives happily ever after!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book 7

Jonah and Chip barely have time to adjust to the knowledge that they are missing children from history when Chip and another boy, Alex, are hurtled back to their rightful time period. Desperate not to lose their friends, Jonah and Katherine grab on for the ride. When they arrive in London in 1483, Chip and Alex finally learn their true identities: the missing princes from the Tower of London! JB promises that if the kids can set history right, they can return home to their present-day lives. But how is that possible if, in original time, Chip and Alex were supposed to die?

I'm still loving this series by Margaret Peterson Haddix!! When I finished this one, I immediately wanted to start reading the next one!! But I had another book that was due back at the library first so I figured I should probably read that one first. Unfortunately for that other book, I just couldn't get into it. I think it was a combination of really wanting to read the next Haddix book and seeing The Hunger Games!! 

Book 6

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. His memory is blank, But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kinds who welcome him to the Glade- a large, open  expanse surrounded by stone walls,
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. 
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up- the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind. 

I had heard from many people and many sources that is you loved The Hunger Games series, you would love this book trilogy by James Dashner. I would have to agree with that statement! It's another one of those futuristic, distopian society type of stories. It kept me guessing and wondering how these kids were going to get out of the maze! And there is a pretty crazy plot twist at the end too!! Lets just say I check the library daily to see what place I am in to get it for my Kindle!!! 

Monday, April 9, 2012


March was pathetic month for blogging!! EIGHT posts?!?! Not to mention FOUR Quote Wall Monday's in a row?!? I haven't been this bad a blogger since 2010!! I am SO far behind on my book reviews {all of which are now typed and a coming soon}and I STILL haven't blogged about my awesome family vacation CLEAR back in December!! I am so many stories and pictures to share!! I just need to find a spare minute to write about them all!! Many more blog posts to come.... and soon!!

100th Day

It is the 100th day of the year!! And to celebrate this momentous day I have decided to share 100 things about myself that you may or may not already know!! It's your lucky day!! :0)

1- My favorite fruit is a jonagold apple
2- I dont like the color of my eyes
3- My secret dream is to be the voice of a Disney character in a movie
4- I HATE the sound a teeth being pulled. Even the baby ones that are already super loose!
5- I have this crazy pet peeve about windshield wipers...
6- I hardly ever hit the snooze button. Once my alarm goes off I'm up
7- There is a long list of "classic" movies that I've never seen...... Goonies, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Sleepless in Seattle, Footloose, the three original Star Wars.... the list goes on!
8- I own a replica of Hermione Granger's wand
9- I used to hate avocados, but not anymore
10- I've been pulled over for drunk driving
11- I sing in my car. Especially at night.... then I sing at the top of my lungs
12- I still listen to my N*SYNC cds sometimes
13- My most embarrassing moment was having my skirt fall off at a public event
14- I own more shoes than I've had birthdays
15- I took French in middle school
16- I hate wearing socks when I got to bed
17- I'd pick a pearl over a diamond any day
18- I do not enjoy the Shrek movies. But I do want to see Shrek the musical
19- In college I had an indoor water fight with my roommates and our neighbors upstairs
20- Some Disney movies that make me cry: The Rescuers, Up, Dumbo and Hercules
21- The worst job I ever had was at Discover Card
22- I can sing the Greek alphabet
23-The reason I can sing the Greek alphabet is because I was in a sorority my first year in college
24- The first time I rode in an airplane was when I was about 8 and my family went to California
25- When I was little my parents used to take us out to the airport to watch the planes take off and land. I thought it was the coolest thing ever!
26- I hate being sweaty! I absolutely hate the feeling of sweat running down my face
27- I LOVE to read {which I'm sure you already know} but in high school I think I only read about three of the assigned books we were ever given. For the rest I got by on Cliff Notes
28- When I was little my friends and I collected worms and kept them in butter containers as pets
29- I think the Nissan Cube is a VERY ugly car
30- I have fallen down the stairs at my work three times
31- I dreamed of being a figure skater when I was little. The first time I ever went ice skating though was when I was about 13. I was positive that I was going to be a natural and would be able to do a triple toe loop on my first day. I was sure I was going to go to the Olympics and bring home the gold. And the announcers would talk about all the girls and how they had started skating when they were two and I started at 13 and how amazing it was I was the world champion!! And then I realized..... I suck at skating!!!
32- I like to eat bologna on sandwiches
33- The original Power Rangers were the best! When I was younger, my best friend and I, and our brothers, would play Power Ranger after school. I was always the pink ranger
34- I wear glasses to see things that are far away
35- I've never seen Utah's delicate arch or the Bonneville salt flats and I've lived in this state my whole life
36- I wish I was a better tennis player! I took a tennis class at USU, but like most sports, I am terrible
37- One summer, I worked with my friend Amanda at a security company in Orem. We worked with all kinds of crazy/interesting/obnoxious people so we made up nicknames for all of them so that we could talk about them with out them knowing!!
38- I caught the bouquet at my friend Tiffany's wedding
39- The sheets on my bed are black
40- I try and try but I just don't love strawberries
41- I'm allergic to metal so sometimes wearing earrings can be rough
42- I think Full House is one of the greatest t.v. shows....... ever!!!
43- I had a bad nail biting habit when I was younger. Now I cant imagine not having fingernails
44- I think peeling potatoes might just be the worst job ever
45- At sixteen my dream car was a VW Jetta in jet black
46- I've jumped into a swimming pool while wearing a formal dress
47- Flying on airplanes makes me nervous
48- I dont like Coke or Pepsi..... Unless there is cherry flavoring involved
49- My first iPod was pink.
50- Poppies are my new favorite flower
51- I have so many great memories of playing night games with all the kids on my street! Murder in the graveyard, Mannequin, Kick the can, Colored eggs, and Order in the court... just to name a few
52- I played machine pitch baseball for a couple of year. Once I got hit right in the eye with one of those stupid yellow balls
52- I remember going swimming at the West Jordan pool so many times during the summer. And it was pretty traditional to go to Arctic Circle afterward for a twist cone. To this day I still have the urge for ice cream after swimming
53- In high school I was in two musicals: Oklahoma and Annie Get Your Gun
54- I was probably around 9 or 10 when I was stung on the back by a hornet three times before my cousin killed it with a shovel
55- I think Snickers bars are gross
56- It's a toss up between the monkeys, otters and penguins for my favorite animal
57- Blue raspberry Slurpees are my favorite but it seems like they hardly ever have that flavor! So wild cherry is a good back up
58- I currently own three copies of the Twilight book and two copies of Breaking Dawn
59- I used to collect porcelain dolls when I was little
60- I was ridiculously obsessed with Hanson when I was in middle school! I'm talking poster plastering my walls obsessed
61- I have seen the musical Wicked six times and have tickets to see it a seventh time this year
62- My family used to go to Lake Powell every summer when I was younger
63- I hate pulling into a parking space when there are cars occupying the spaces on both sides
64- For my sixth birthday I got the coolest pink Barbie watch! I couldn't wait to wear it to school the next day to show it off!! At recess we were playing on the bars and I didn't want it to get ruined so, being the genius six year old that I was, the logical solution was the bury it in the rocks and then dig it back up when recess ended. Of course I forgot to get it out of the rocks when recess was over. I remember going back to the playground with my dad after school and digging through the rocks for a long time looking for my beloved watch. Needless to say it was not there. And I haven't been a watch wearer since!
65- I've always thought it would be cool to have a pet seahorse
66- Edward Scissorhands FREAKED me out when I was little. I remember having a nightmare about him and not being able to scream as he came after me with his creepy hands!
67- I used to be a sleepwalker
68- The Colossus at Lagoon used to terrify me. Really any roller coaster that went upside down scared me to death!
69- But now I LOVE roller coasters!! Wicked at Lagoon is awesome!! And the X-Men ride at Six Flags was crazy!! And the Rockin Roller Coaster and Expedition Everest at DisneyWorld are fantastic
70- I get car sick easily
71- In high school I had one of those mechanical babies that you had to carry around for a weekend and stick the keys in the back. We had to pick names for them and I chose Hallie
72- I fell off a small cliff inside an underground cave while I was on vacation with my family in St George and cut my legs up pretty badly on the lava rock
73- I always wanted to lived in a high rise condo in a big city when I grew up. I wanted to be right in the middle of everything!
74- When my cousins and I were younger we used to "spy" on the adults. One of us would sit at the top of the stairs with a paper and pencil and would "write down" all the super secret and fantastic things our parents were talking about. The writer would then go back downstairs and spill the beans to everyone else
75- I have a ridiculous love for Babybel cheese! Especially the white cheddar flavor
76- I don't LOL in texts.... I Haha!
77- I got my first cell phone when I was 18 and away at college
78- I've been to True Aggie's night ,but I am not a True Aggie
79- I never buy the same shampoo/conditioner back to back. I'll have Dove, and then I'll switch to Herbal Essence, then to Tressemme and then start the rotation over again
80- My first, and only boyfriend, was Ross H in the first grade. Wonder what ever happened to that kid....
81- In 4th grade we had a Awe Utah pageant and I got to be Miss Morgan County
82- My favorite Scentsy smell is Cashmere
83- I think I have almost every card {birthday, thank you, congrats, get well, etc} I've ever been given
84- I've seen a butterfly emerge from its cocoon
85- If I could, I would own a dessert cafe where I'd get to serve people yummy treats all day long
86- I've seen the St Louis Arch.... but only from the air
87- Before I turned 16, I went on a Lake Powell trip with my cousins family. I had to get a special wave runner license so I could use the machines without having an adult with me at all times. Long story short, the license got lost of the very first day, within the first hour of being out on the wave runners. I thought for sure I was going to get pulled over and ticketed by the lake police but luckily I did not!! Coolest part..... some awesome guy from AZ found my license floating in the water and mailed it back to me a few months later!
88- I have a cursive CTR ring
89- I used to be a big time gum chewer, especially in middle school! Now I dont really like it and never buy it for myself
90- I donated 9 inches of my hair once to Pantene Beautiful Lengths
91- If I could be any fictional character I would probably be Elizabeth Bennett
92- I've never lived through and earthquake but the thought of them freaks me out. I HATE it when the talk about Utah's "big one." Why do we HAVE to have a big one? Any time I hear anyone on the news talking about it, I HAVE to change the channel!
93- The first major trip I ever went on without my parents was when I went to San Francisco for choir tour
94- When I was really little I was part of a singing group of kids call The Sunshine Generation! I had the cutest yellow and orange outfit!!
95- I always have The Today show on in the morning while I'm getting ready
96- When I was younger I had a really hard time spelling my middle name. I always transposed the letters
97- I like things to be alphabetized
98- I got lost in Paris while I was there. I was all alone and seriously freaked out! I was asking everyone for directions to the opera house and one creepy Parisian Egyptian offered to give me a ride there. Yeah.... I'm sure he would have taken me right to the opera house.......
Thank goodness for Utah's AWESOME grid system!!! I dont think I every appreciated it until after that moment!!
99-I REALLY love cherry Poptarts
100- I can't wink

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Monday, April 2, 2012

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