What I’ve Been Up To Lately #4!

Hey folks! If you’ve been wondering, Hey, what has Sunny been up to lately?, well, wonder no longer! I am back with another life update (hehe, don’t I sound like a newscaster?!)!

Anyway, here we go…

Reading-My sister and I had to read Tom Sawyer for school this quarter, and last week we finally finished it! I didn’t care for it very much, there was pretty much no real plot and it didn’t start getting good until close to the end. So I’m glad to be finished with it….but now I have to write some essay questions about it, so….yay. πŸ˜›

Writing-I am SUPER excited right now because I started a new story last night and am really liking how it’s turning out so far. I think it just might be my best story yet, if I do say so myself. πŸ˜‰ It doesn’t actually have a title yet…(I am really bad at coming up with titles)…but hopefully it will soon! It’s another Avalon/Cousins Next Door story: Cherie is really feeling down because no one is paying any attention to her accomplishments. I’m hoping to post it on here once I get it done! (And no, I haven’t forgotten about posting the next chapter of Dare To Be Different…I just have to find the written copy (in that bottomless pit that is also known as my room πŸ˜‰ ) and then type up the next chapter. It will be soon, promise!)

Listening To-Recently I have gotten hooked on Phil Joel, who is a Christian singer from New Zealand. He used to be in the Newsboys as the bass player, then went solo, and now has his own band called Zealand Worship. I’m listening to one of his solo albums on Spotify as I type this….I really like his voice and music style! I am especially in love with his song God Is Watching Over You….the words are so simple but it has really helped me when I’m feeling scared or sad or just whatever! XD

Watching-I try to watch The Waltons as much as I can, which is hard because it’s on at kind of a bad time, and it seems like every time I do get to watch it, it’s a boring or war-related one. πŸ˜› But last week I watched a few episodes, and they were so cute! (They were also episodes from the second season, so that explains why. πŸ™‚ ) The episodes are soooo much better when John-Boy is in them. I ❀ John-Boy. πŸ™‚

I also watched an episode of Little House the other day….it was the one where Laura had just gotten engaged to Almanzo and they were trying to figure out where to build their house once they were married. πŸ˜‰ And also Eliza Jane, Almanzo's sister (who's kind of an "old maid"), fell in love for the first time….but the guy who she liked was sort of uncomfortable around women (but still talked to her), and preferred to joke around and tell funny stories with Almanzo. I felt bad for her. She had never had a "beau" (as she called it πŸ˜‰ ) before, and she was pretty old….can you imagine? πŸ˜‰ Anyway, the episode was sooo good, and even though I kind of had a good idea about what was going to happen, I wanted to see the end. But…my family had to go somewhere so I missed the last ten minutes. I was like, "Nooo! I have to see the end of this episode!". LOL!  To make matters worse, it was a two-parter and I knew I was going to be busy at the time it was on the next day. So I have no idea what happened! Grrr! XD

Other Stuff-This weekend has been kinda chilly, but it hasn’t been too bad. Next week it’s supposed to be REALLY warm where I live, which I’m looking forward to! I’m going to be spending so much time outside the next few days (not tomorrow though….it’s going to be frigid…bleh. πŸ˜› )

My mom started using this new laundry detergent…and wow, I just love the smell of it! It’s kind of like a mixture of flowers and men’s cologne. Weird, I know, but it smells so good.

I have discovered a new love for sriracha sauce (it’s like hot sauce). My family went out to breakfast the other day, and there was a bottle of sriracha nearby, so I poured it on my scrambled eggs, and wow…it was so good! I also poured it on my (dry!) Cheerios (in honor of Phil Joel, I heard he likes sriracha and Cheerios, and ever since I’ve been wanting to try it to see if I would like it too) and well…it wasn’t all that bad. πŸ˜‰ It was pretty good. I don’t know if I would have it again though. πŸ™‚

Alright, so that’s what’s been going on in my life! By the way….if you’ve written a comment on my blog anytime between now and November(!) and noticed it never got published, don’t worry. I just found a whole bunch of unpublished comments in my “WordPress Admin” that I have never seen before and am going to work on approving and replying to them in the coming days. πŸ˜‰

Ta-ta, lovelies! πŸ˜‰ (Where did that come from? XD)

*Sunny

Throwback Thursday: Liberty’s Kids

Okay, WOW! It has been such a long time since I last did Throwback Thursday (it’s been over two months, if you’re curious!). I’m really sorry about that, but every week I would either completely forget, or just have nothing to post about. Luckily, Throwback Thursday has returned, and today we’ll be taking a look at the awesome kids’ TV show, Liberty’s Kids!

I’m not sure how popular this show is, since apparently it only ran for one season (40 episodes), but Liberty’s Kids is an awesome, animated show that teaches kids about the American Revolution and the history of our country. It centers around two teenage kids that live in 18th century Philadelphia-James, a journalist who works for Benjamin Franklin’s printing press, and Sarah, an English girl who has recently relocated to America. Most of the events of the show take place in and around Philadelphia (but also in other places too), as James and Sarah (as well as their young French friend Henri) go off to cover an important story for Benjamin Franklin’s paper. Usually this event is something important in American history, such as the Boston Tea Party or the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The show’s website is really cool, too. In summer 2012, I was really obsessed with Liberty’s Kids, and so I used to go on the website almost every day and play a game called Mystery Guest. (Click here to play it for yourself!) Basically, James will give you three clues about a famous American who did important things during the Revolutionary War. (George Washington, Betsy Ross, etc.). I almost never guessed the correct person, but it was still super fun to play. Continental Cartoons is another funΒ  game too. If you’d like to play it, click here.

If you have never seen or heard of Liberty’s Kids before, I really recommend that you check it out! We have all of the episodes on DVD, and it has really helped me learn so much about the USA’s history.

That’s all for this week’s Throwback Thursday-I really hope you all enjoyed! I’m not sure how often I’ll get it up these days, but definitely as often as I can. I leave you with the excellent, amazing theme song to Liberty’s Kids, which you can either listen toΒ  on the show’s website, or in the YouTube video below. Have a great rest of your day, guys!

*Sunny

Throwback Thursday: The Brady Bunch

Today’s Throwback Thursday focuses on the 1970s TV show The Brady Bunch. (Thank you to Maddie from The Blog of Toys for the inspiration for this post!) Of course, I’m not old enough to remember when it originally aired ( πŸ˜‰ ) but my family has all the episodes on DVD, and we never get tired of watching them! I think it’s probably one of my favorite TV shows.

If you’ve never seen this show, here’s what it’s about. A man named Mike Brady, who has three sons (Greg, Peter, and Bobby), marries a woman named Carol who has three daughters (Marcia, Jan, and Cindy). They all live in a house together along with their housekeeper named Alice and dog Tiger (who only appeared in the first two seasons). The show’s episodes mainly revolve around the children and the good and bad situations that happen to them (in one episode Greg took his driving test, in another the family thought Jan was allergic to Tiger). I highly recommend that you check this show out if you haven’t yet, because not only will you learn important lessons, you’ll also laugh out loud at the family’s antics and humor.

Here’s the opening theme to the show. Enjoy!
The Brady Bunch Theme

*Sunny

A Really Important Lesson

Recently, I discovered the old Disney Channel series called Even Stevens. Personally, I think this series is a lot better than some of the stuff Disney Channel offers nowadays. The show is about a boy named Louis, who likes to cause trouble, and his older sister Ren, who is a perfectionist. The two constantly get into all kinds of problems at their junior high school. The series ran from 2000 to 2003, but until about six months ago, I had never watched it before. There are two very good reasons for this. First of all, when the series was around, I was really little, and secondly, my family didn’t get the Disney Channel back then. One day last fall, I stumbled upon the series on YouTube, and decided to check it out. I now think it is one of the best shows that I have ever seen! And I don’t like a whole bunch of TV shows, so this is saying a lot for me.

Anyway, today I decided to watch an episode called Snow Job. (BTW, I still haven’t seen half the episodes of this show yet!) Some parts of it were actually pretty funny, but it also contained a super important lesson. Here’s what the episode was about (be prepared for a long summary, haha):

Louis was struggling in algebra, and instead of actually doing the work in class, he would just fool around and do dumb things like draw the state of Utah on the blackboard when he was supposed to complete a problem. (Seriously.) At the end of class, Louis’s teacher reminded the students about their math midterm, which was taking place the next day. Instead of studying, Louis rigged up a plan to cancel school, so he wouldn’t have to take the test. Of course, his plan ended up failing. Louis got caught and was suspended from school for a week. During that time, his mother taught him, and Louis did well in everything but algebra. However, Louis was able to avoid his mom’s help with algebra by saying he already did the problem she assigned him in his head. Louis’s mother just told him to do the problem again for homework. Louis couldn’t get the right answer, and later confessed to Ren that he was having a really hard time with algebra. He didn’t want to tell his teacher, though, because he was afraid everyone would think Louis was dumb. Ren convinced her brother that it was definitely okay to ask for help. So, when Louis went back to school, he raised his hand in class and said that he didn’t understand the lesson. And guess what? No one made fun of Louis for asking for help! In fact, his teacher gave him plenty of help after school, and Louis finally began to understand algebra.

This was a really terrific episode of the show that included a great lesson: it’s definitely okay to ask for help–with anything, not just algebra. Even if you feel dumb for requesting help, remember, others probably won’t look at you the same way. Chances are, they might be struggling with the exact same thing. They’ll probably be really jealous of the fact that you got up enough courage to say, “Hey, can you help me with this?”. πŸ™‚

I’ve posted a video of the episode (which also includes another plot that involves Ren trying to master pole-vaulting) below. Check it out if you want, and I really hope you enjoy!!!

*Sunny

The Best Show Ever

Okay, have any of you ever seen The Great British Bake-Off (or The Great British Baking Show, as it’s called here in the US)? I got introduced to it about a month and a half ago, and since then I have really been hooked on it! The fifth season just ended a few weeks ago (boo-hoo!), but until I hear word about a sixth season, I am content with watching the repeats on YouTube. If you have never heard of the show before, it is basically what it sounds like: a group of people (who happen to be British) are assigned to bake three specific recipes every week. These three recipes are usually all based around a certain theme (for example, one week it was “European cakes”). The contestants’ desserts are judged by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry (no joke, that is really her name!). Of course, every week they do have to send someone home, but that’s to be expected in a competition. I think the main reasons why I like this show so much is because: a). it’s international, and b). the contestants are all really nice. No one’s ever super-dramatic like in the American cooking-competition shows (which I definitely do not like as much since I saw this show!). Plus in the American shows, you know how every other word seems to be *bleeped* out? That definitely doesn’t happen in this show. The contestants are all really nice and encouraging, and even when things go wrong, they keep their cool. If you haven’t seen this show yet, I would highly recommend checking it out. I assure you that you’ll get hooked on it just like me! image A photo of all the Season 5 contestants. πŸ™‚ *Sunny