The End of April

April is quickly coming to an end, and AP exams are coming up!

To take away some pre AP studying stress away, shopping is necessary.

Even if you don’t have any AP exams, shopping is vital every weekend. Well not really, but its a good activity to participate in every weekend!

bright colors

Here’s an adorable Maxwell jean jacket with an olive dress and Steve Madden troopa boots. I love the olive and coral colors because they surprisingly match so well!

pink spring

Here’s a simpler outfit. A simple jean jacket with some pink colored skinnies is the way to go on a regular spring day. If you want to keep it simple, this is the way to go!

bright colors

I love jean shorts with a sweater! I think its the perfect match on a so-so cold/warm day. If it’s a bit warmer you can pair up your outfit with a nice pair of sandals and bright accessories.

-Fashion Femme

Senior Night

Today is a bitter-sweet day for the Issaquah baseball seniors. It is senior night, which means it is the last home game the 2013 seniors will play. Every senior will get to play at least a little bit today, since that is a big part of honoring the seniors. After the game, the players will be given flowers, take pictures with their parents and teammates, and then the underclassmen players will talk about each of the players. It’s hard to believe how much time has gone by. I can still remember my first day of playing t-ball, and now I am nearing the end of my playing time at Issaquah and only a little over a month until graduation. I know for most seniors today, they will cherish ever minute they are out on the field, because for some of them, this may be their last time playing, unless they play summer ball. Tonight will definitely be a night to remember.

M’s Finally Win Series

It finally happened for the Mariners, and yes it is not that big of a deal around the league but here, it is huge. The Mariners have finally won not only a home series but just a series in general. It has taken a few weeks for the Marines to pull some wins together but it occurred after a depressing performance in the Lone Star State. No one expected such a performance from the poorly underplaying M’s, but it happened. After losing the second game in the series, the M’s bounced back with two straight wins to take the series 3-1. If it were not for clutch home runs by Bay and Morse, it may have never happened. After this series, the M’s seem to stand in a different light, one that shows some offensive progress. Of course there is still some struggling that has been holding the M’s back like Smoak but the other two, Montero and Ackley are on the rise. Hopefully the M’s can keep this going and possibly improve along the way.

 

Citation:

http://seattletimes.com/html/mariners/2020882326_mariners29.html

Photo:

King’s Court by Dave Sizer

Old Faithful

Nestled in the corner of Montana and Wyoming resides the oldest national park in the United States, Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife, the largest collection of geysers, and a majestic beauty admired by all of the visitors who flock this park annually.

Yellowstone is perhaps most well-known because of Old Faithful, a geyser that erupts and catapults water high up into the air. However, there are many other geysers as well, with at least 150 of them in the area. Old Faithful can be accessed by both foot and by car, but being able to see the water eruption requires a lot a patience since it only erupts about twice a day. Nonetheless, Old Faithful is a site that cannot be missed due to its beauty and iconic status.

Another natural wonder to visit includes Mammoth Hot Springs. Mammoth Hot Springs is a site where the hot water rises and causes a white, chalky substance to deposit. This natural beauty is enjoyed by many because of the springs that are formed, and some of exist for a brief moment.

Other places to visit include Yellowstone Lake, Tower Fall, and the other geyser basins. Although, my favorite way to visit anywhere, especially national parks, is to drive along the scenic routes. Grand Loop Road is a fascinating and long scenic route, 140 miles in fact. This route guides visitors to all of the major sites of the park along with many wildlife that might be wandering around in certain regions. In fact, when I was visiting the park, numerous bisons walked right up to my car window. Indeed, wildlife is closer to the people than expected.

In order to truly enjoy the entire park, one should plan for at least two days just to be in the park alone. The park does cover quite an extensive amount of land, but is worth every moment. So, if one was to chose only one national park to visit, let Yellowstone be the one.

 

Homestuck: The Game

I usually talk about games for the Xbox. To be fair, that is usually what I play. Today though, I’m going to talk about an upcoming game which I am looking forwards to, and I can guarantee you it will be exclusive to computers.

There is a weird comic on the internet called Homestuck. It began as a strange parody of adventure games but became one the most insane and overly complicated things on the internet. I recommend it to anyone who has several months of spare time to gawk in awe.

Anyway, long story short, there was a kickstarter project to make a game for it. It has now amassed around 2.5 million dollars. Due to the richly complicated (and… did I mention really freaking weird) world alone, this will be very fun to play, but with Hussie writing it like he does his comic I hope for a truly unforgettable experience.

Personally, I hope he brings in the class system demonstrated in the comic. How cool would it be to get assigned a role like “Mage of Mind” or “Knight of Doom” or something?

I’ll cease my nerdy rant for now, but if any info comes up you’ll be sure to hear about it.

Gluten Free Apricot Strawberry Cake

Its getting toward summer! The weather is really nice right now, and it got me thinking about summer days and summer food. I found this Gluten Free Apricot Strawberry Cake recipe on gluten free girl, and it reminded me of hot July days. Enjoy!

4 or 5 large ripe apricots
170 grams (about 1 cup) ripe strawberries, tops removed, quartered
3 tablespoons honey
100 grams slivered almonds
175 grams gluten-free all-purpose flour mix
6 ounces (1 1/2 US sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
175 grams (1 cup minus 2 tablespoons) demarara sugar(also known as raw sugar)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons whole milk

Preparing to bake. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan with a round of parchment paper. Grease and flour the parchment paper and sides of the pan.

Preparing the fruit. Cut the apricots in half. Remove the pits. Chop the apricots coarsely. Combine with the strawberries in a large bowl. Drizzle the fruit with honey and let them mingle while you prepare the rest of the cake.

Combining the dry ingredients. Put the slivered almonds into the bowl of a food processor. Run the processor until the almonds are ground to the size of breadcrumbs but stopping before they become almond butter. Add the flour and mix them together. Set aside.

Creaming the butter and sugar. Put the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Start spinning the paddle attachment to whip the butter a bit, then add the demerara sugar. Cream the butter and sugar until they are pale and fluffy. Turn off the stand mixer.

Building the cake batter. Whisk the eggs until they are beaten together. With the stand mixer running, dribble in the egg mixture a tablespoon at a time, letting the mixer run after each addition. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally to ensure that everything is well combined.

Finishing the batter. Pour in 1/3 of the almond-flour combination, running the mixer at low speed until the flour has disappeared entirely into the batter. Repeat this with another 1/3 of the dry ingredients, and then again. Dribble in the milk until it is fully incorporated. Add the apricots and strawberries. When everything is combined, turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Baking the cake. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until the top is browned. (You can also put a toothpick in the center to see if it comes out clean.) This should take about 80 to 90 minutes.

Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen any sticky bits. Turn the cake onto a cooling rack, then flip it again. Eat when the cake is cooled to room temperature.

Seahawks Will Draft in 2nd Round, Possibly Later

Not like the Seahawks need much improvement after what they have accomplished since the end of last season, signing multiple big name free agents like Percy Harvin, etc… Like any team, improvement is very appealing and they will do whatever they can to improve. The way that most NFL teams try to accomplish that is different than how the Seahawks. In comparison to others, the Seahawk strategy is a little unconventional, but effective. The Hawks don’t trade up for higher draft picks but down, for sometimes money or even other players.

This is how the Seahawks have done it in the past and it has worked wonders, finding first round talent in the following rounds and building off of them. General Manager John Schneider has picked some top notch talent in the later rounds, for example Russell Wilson, whom many consider would be the number one overall pick if last year’s draft was redone, rather than the 75th. There are many other players drafted in the later rounds by Schneider that are thriving with the team and not much will change. Who knows, the Hawks may trade down again and if they do, it will most likely be good.

 

Citation:

http://seattletimes.com/html/seahawks/2020853929_seahawks25.html

Disappointing Defeat

Yesterday was a rough game and did not go as expected. Skyline dismantled the Eagles, winning by a score of 7-0. The defense really collapsed during the game, making errors on key situations, which lead to Skyline runs. The Eagles’ offense did not bail out the poor defensive efforts. It seemed like every inning the Eagles would get men on base, a majority of the time in scoring position and a never got the job done. It was a sad way to end the rivalry for the Issaquah seniors. Losing by a score of 7-0 was not exactly how they imagined playing Skyline for the last time in their playing career at Issaquah. Hopefully the Eagles bounce back tomorrow against Ballard and get the W. There are only two more games left in the regular season before the playoffs start up so hopefully the Eagles can get on a bit of a role before the playoffs.

Good Short Reads

Greetings!

It’s no surprise that there are people out there who genuinely don’t like to read. However, there are far more people who find that it’s not necessarily that they don’t like to read, but they can never find the time to.

In a busy schedule, it might seem impossible to fit in some quality reading time snuggled up in a comfy corner. However, I have prepared a list of books and short reads for all of you with little crunch time.

The Book of 12 Plays by Henrik Ibsen

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (not really short, but extremely fast-paced)

Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski

A Collection of Short Stories by Flannery O’Connor

Any of Chang Rae Lee’s non-fiction essays

So I hope you find time in your busy schedules to pick up one of these awesome reads because trust me, they’re worth it!

Thanks for coming down the rabbit hole!

-rabbit

Prom for Dummies (Introduction)

For almost all of the senior girls at IHS, I can almost bet that prom is one of the top things on their minds. Even though it may seem like it’s too early to start planning, I say that it is never too early!

Prom is a monumental moment of our high school lives because it is so different from all of the other things that we do at school. For a lot of us, it is our first chance to attend a real formal dance (Homecoming is only semi-formal!) and it is one of the last things that we can do with our class.

Now that April is almost over and May is approaching quickly, it is high time to get ourselves in gear and start planning. For the girls, this will probably require a lot more planning because they have a lot more on their plates than boys do.

I’ll have more on this in the upcoming days, so look out for my posts!

The Very Best

One of my all time favorite cheesy sitcoms is Full House. I have loved it since I was very little, and it has always been there to make me laugh. It is one of the only shows that does not get boring to me, no matter how many times I have watched each episode.

For the few of you who don’t know what this show is all about, let me give you a brief synopsis.

Danny Tanner is left as a single dad to his three daughters DJ, Stephanie and Michelle when his wife passes away in a car crash. He then enlists in his best friend and quirky comedian Joey Gladstone and his brother in law and motorcycle riding, Elvis guru Jesse Katspolis.

The family faces the usual life issues. The girls grow up and although they do not have a mother, they have a special kind of family.

I absolutely love this show. Not only because I have loved it since I was little, but because of how sweet it is. It definitely has it’s really really cheesy moments, but in the end it makes you smile. And that is what sitcoms are all about, right?

The Very Best (Full House Picture)

Sara Bareilles: new music

Sara Bareilles is releasing a new album! After much debate, she announced its title: The Blessed Unrest. Just a few days ago, Sara released the first single from the album, “Brave.” This song caught me a little off guard because up until this week I hadn’t listened to any of her music since her first album, Little Voice. “Brave” is definitely more pop than she’s really gone before, but as far as a pop song goes, it’s a good one. It shows off her strong voice, is very catchy, and actually has an inspiring message – “Say what you wanna say / And let the words fall out / Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.” I can definitely see it rising up in the charts in the near future, and for good reason.

After remembering why I love Sara, I finally listened to her sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Heart, and was very impressed! The album transitions seamlessly from gorgeous, sweet ballads to Sara’s trademark jazzy piano numbers. Despite the title of her first album, she certainly doesn’t have a little voice.
I’ve loved Sara since probably 7th grade, so I’m really enjoying hearing some of her newer music. “Brave” is just a taster of what’s to come, so I can’t wait to hear the new album, out on July 16th.

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fashion forward

Sometimes, with fashion you must take risks. It’s good to stand out and be a trend setter! Sometimes people are too scared to wear something because its too “flashy” or too noticeable. But don’t be afraid to stand out! Wear something different from everybody else, and become a trend setter.

Everyone has their own sense of style. Discover your own sense of style! Many times people don’t get to pick out their clothing because of financial issues, or their mom picks their clothes for them. But explore! Check out many different apparel shops to discover your own style.

-Fashion femme

Building Collapses in Bangladesh

Earlier today, an 8-story building collapsed in Bangladesh, killing almost 150 and injuring 1,000. Hours later, police are still attempting to rescue those trapped in the rubble. The cause for the collapse is unclear, but further investigation has discovered that the top four stories were constructed without a permit, meaning the structure has always been unsafe. In fact, there were reports of a crack in the sixth floor on Tuesday, and workers were told not to come today. But at the last minute, they were forced to work or risk losing their jobs.

Why were 2,000 people even allowed to work in such an unsafe environment? Believe it or not, it is the result of clothing companies in the US and Europe who want to keep their manufacturing cost low. As more investigation is done on the subject, companies must acknowledge that it is unacceptable to risk lives for the sake of making a higher profit.