Alder Lake

Alder Lake is a 6.8 mile long lake near Nisqually River. The lake formed due to the Alder Dam that was created back in 1944. This lake is very similar to all the other lakes in Washington, which there are in fact a ton of. If I could I would put down every lake in Washington on the bucket list because I think we are so fortunate to have so many nice lakes in this state.

The main reason I mention this lake in specific is because it is just outside of Mt. Rainier National Park and so on my road trip me and my stepdad stopped here for about an hour. We took a look around, ate some snacks, and took a break from the road. When looking at the lake you can see pretty mountains and hills in the background and it is just overall a nice view after staring at a road for the past two hours.

I have also mentioned before that I absolutely love camping and Alder Lake has a pretty nice campground and swimming area for those interested. The water actually looks pretty cool too from what I could tell it was a light blue with green trees in the distance.

Like most lakes there is the chance for additional activities on the lake such as canoeing, paddle boarding, and fishing. If you are already wanting to check out Mt. Rainier mine as well make a short stop here to check out yet another great Washington lake.

Alder Lake

Panettone!

Hi guys!
Spring is coming! The daytime has seemingly been getting longer as well. In a couple of months, we will see see cherry blossoms. Although I am excited for the warm weather coming up, I am quite sad that the Holidays has ended. I’m not sure about you but winter has went by really quickly for me. I literally can’t believe that it is already February. Although I do think it’s because I had to apply for colleges this month and I spent the whole winter preparing. I wasn’t really able to enjoy Holidays as much as I would have liked. So before I see the cherry blossoms, I decided to make a holiday recipe called the Panettone. The Panettone is a yeast based bread. It has raisins and other dried fruits inside. You usually see these in Christmas dinners. Although it has been two months since we seen Christmas lights, I felt the need to post a festive recipe before the wind dies down.
I hope you enjoy!
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Ingredients:

1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons light rum
2 tablespoons hot water
3¾ all-purpose flour
⅔ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon active dry yeast
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
½ vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
3 eggs, at room temperature
⅔ cup tepid water
1 tablespoon honey
10½ tablespoons unsalted butter, well softened
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, chilled
⅔ cup candied citron (I used candied orange peel) in ¼-inch pieces

Special Equipment:
Panettone molds (6×4½-inch) – purchased at King Arthur Flour
12-inch metal or wooden skewers
Directions:

1. In a small bowl, combine the raisins with the rum and 2 tablespoons of hot water. Allow to soak at room temperature, stirring occasionally, until the raisins are plump and most of the liquid has been absorbed, at least 8 hours or overnight.

2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, lemon zest and vanilla bean on low speed until combined. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, tepid water and honey. With the mixer on low speed, pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Increase the speed to medium-low and mix until all of the ingredients are combined. Add the softened butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing until incorporated before adding more. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

3. Drain the raisins, discard the soaking liquid, and stir together with the candied citron and 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Stir this mixture into the dough with a wooden spoon.

4. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a cold oven with the door closed until it has nearly tripled in volume, 12 to 15 hours.

5. Locate and discard the vanilla bean, then sprinkle the dough lightly with flour and scrape out onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle a bit more flour onto the dough, then fold the edges of the dough in towards the center, forming a loose ball, and place, seam-side down, into the panettone mold. Cover with a damp kitchen towel (not terry cloth) and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until the dough is just above the top of the mold, 3 to 5 hours.

6. Preheat oven to 370 degrees F.

7. Place the dough-filled panettone mold on a baking sheet. Use a very sharp serrated knife to score an “X” across the entire surface of the dough. Place the 1 tablespoon chilled butter in the center of the X and bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out slightly moist but not wet, 60 to 75 minutes (the panettone will be very dark).

8. Remove from the oven and pierce 12-inch metal or wooden skewers all the way through the panettone (including the paper) 4 inches apart and 1 inch from the bottom so the skewers are parallel. Hang the panettone upside down over a large stockpot and cool completely before cutting. To store the panettone, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then either place in a resealable plastic bag, or wrap again in foil. The bread will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week. (I have not tried freezing the bread, but I believe it would freeze well, wrapped in plastic, then foil, then placed in a resealable bag.)

Enjoy

-Sunny

Twilight

Hi, there!

I come here with a new saga, BEHOLD! Twilight by Stephanie Meyer!

(Yup, pic is mine :3)

And so, the lion fell in love with the lamb…

So, I actually read this books when I was around eleven or twelve. One of my friends brought her book to school and I asked what it was about. Of course I wasn’t really interested in the story, it seemed like the typical romance novel you found frequently, but I couldn’t say no to her when she made me promise I would watch the movie. I kept it a secret of course, since my mom thought I was too young to be watching/reading those kind of books, needless to say, I was hooked. I had to beg to my mom to buy the the books, and after being throughfully scolded for not listening to her, she bought me the books and allowed me to read them after she herself read them, accidentally making her a fan of the saga.

So the book tells the love story between a 17 year old human girl named Isabella “Bella” Swan, and a vampire teenager who had been frozen at the age of 17, Edward Cullen. The protagonist of the story, Bella (everything is told from her perspective) lives with her mother in Phoenix until she gets married to a baseball player and the couple decide to move to Jacksonville. At the beginning of the book we can see Bella moving to live with her father Charlie Swan with the excuse that she wants to give the newlyweds space.

Everything is new to Bella, from the weather, to school, to living with her father. Obviously at puberty, she is lonely and misunderstood. However, shortly after entering the school meets a group of students who seem very strange and beautiful. One of them, Edward, called her attention, and gradually Bella discovers that they are vampires after Edward saves her from being crushed under a van, and therefore, killed.

Fromt then on the dangerous and forbidden romance between the human and vampire starts.

So, as stated above … the lion fell in love with the lamb.

I cannot say it’s very good, because now that I’m a teenager and re-read it I have found a lot of faults in it, but that might be because I’m a teenager and I’m looking at the world in a different prespective than Stephenie Meyer, who is an adult and might had have problems creating Bella, a teenager even though she herself is an adult with a family.

In short, the book is clearly aimed at women, especially teenagers. But this does not mean that an adult can’t like them, especially if we talk about women who are in love or like this type of genre.

Rating: Good.

The best: It’s a different series. Mix the vampire theme with the adolescent awakening seems a good partnership. It is very facilitated to read and very entertaining.

Worst: A Book niche. For teenagers, perfect. For young women, have a pass. Male gender, excluded. As I mentioned, it goes with sugar…

Would I read it again?: Meh, it will depend on my mood.

Would you recommend it?: Yes, but only young women and those who like this kind of genre.

до свидания

-WorldWanderer out!

Things you should know if you’re thinking about going vegan

heeeey friends,

I think that before you decide to make a lifestyle change as big as going vegan, there are a few things that you should know. Maybe they will influence your decision, or maybe they are challenges you are willing to overcome. Either way, it’s good to be aware of all aspects of going vegan before you make that decision.

Here’s the list I’ve compiled 🙂

  1. You cannot have ANY animal byproducts. Meaning, anything that comes from animals in any way. I mentioned earlier how people sometimes get confused between vegans and vegetarians, so you should know that you can’t have any dairy or things with rennet and stuff in them. You’d be surprised how many foods that rules out!
  2. You’re going to have to work hard to get in your protein, iron, and Vitamin B12. These things are harder to find when you cut animal byproducts out of your diet, and it’s important to make sure you somehow get them into your system.
  3. People will probably not completely understand what it means to be vegan so if you are ever going to eat over at someone else’s house or go out with them to a restaurant, make sure you clarify what being vegan entails so that they know exactly what you can and can’t eat.
  4. Do NOT try to get out of eating your veggies. If you don’t like them, you’re going to have to learn to like them, because that’s mainly what your diet will consist of and that’s the main way you will be getting all your needed nutrients.
  5. You will have to shop very carefully and check the ingredients of everything to make sure it’s actually vegan. And don’t just buy a bunch of processed junk just cause it’s vegan; you’ll end up eating a lot of bad chemicals instead, which is waaaaaay worse.

not sure if this will change any of your opinions about going vegan, but I hope it helped somehow 🙂

love,

Mariners Full Squad Reports for Spring Training

Today the stars were out with players like Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Nelson Cruz, Logan Morrison, and 50 other Mariners reported in Peoria Arizona for spring training. Baseball is so close, there are only six weeks until opening day in Seattle. However six weeks does seem like a long time considering six weeks ago from now the A’s had just traded for Ben Zobrist.

There are many story lines for this spring trading which could make for some quite intriguing pre-season play.

First of all Jesus Montero looks like a new man after losing about forty pounds of weight due to his new hard working attitude. Their were negative comments about Montero’s work ethic heading into last season especially after he reported 30 pounds overweight and claimed to do nothing but eat all off season after being suspended for steroids. This new look has made people consider if the Mariners could get any value out of the once number three rated prospect in all of baseball.

Another thing to keep an eye on is the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation. It appears that Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias will be battling it out with Erasmo Ramirez having an outside shot. Walker is immensely talented and has showed bright spots including his first perfect game which actually resulted in a loss in his last start this previous season in Toronto. However he has struggled with his command at times and is unproven at the next level. Elias on the other hand has been masterful at times such as in New York last season where he only allowed one run in an eight inning effort and against one of the most feared lineups in the league in a good Detroit team and he dominated them with a complete game shutout. Other times he has given up too many home runs.

This spring could also have a surprise at shortstop although I think the edge goes to Brad Miller over Chris Taylor.

 

 

 

 

Sports vs. Homework

People it is officially lacrosse season. And for me that means two things; a) Exercise + fun and b) absolutely no free time whatsoever. Oh well, it’s worth it…I’m pretty sure. But really, why are sports such a big deal in our society, I mean come on people it’s just high school, six days a week of practice seems pretty extreme.

Student sports have gotten to the point of ridiculousness. I mean, here I am, writing this at 10:30, because I didn’t get home from practice until 7:30 and then I had to eat dinner and change and do the boatload of homework I have on a regular basis. That really isn’t fair. But what I’m trying to decide is whether it is the sports that are unfair or the schoolwork.

You would think that students would be aware of what they are committing to when they decide to tackle a school sport, or really any sport in general. Apparently we don’t. It’s not that we don’t think about it, it’s that we don’t think we need to think about it. Participating in a sport or physical activity shouldn’t be something that interferes with your schedule and limits time, it should be something that helps you relax or have fun. Sports should not be a chore. And honestly, neither should homework. If the amount of homework a student has takes more than an hour or two a night to complete, that is completely irrational. No one should be expected to sit through seven hours of lectures and worksheets only to come home and do two more hours of the same thing.

And the fact that homework makes it hard for students to do activites they love is awful. I know someone who is not allowed to play any sports this year, because their parents are too worried about them falling behind on schoolwork. That isn’t right. Too have people be so grade obsessed is awful, sure school is important, I’m not saying it’s not, but to make school encroach on students time off is cruel. It takes away from what should be fun about being a teenager, like sports and hanging out with friends and just being able to live. Homework adds stress and anxiety that high school students don’t need, not to mention taking away hours that could be spent catching up on sleep.

Homework sucks. But nothing that we can do will make it not suck, which sucks even more.

Basketball Teams Heading in Different Directions

It seems like every week when I am posting, the men’s basketball team is getting destroyed once again. The team finally broke its 7 game losing streak at Washington State on Sunday thanks to a career-high 35 points by Andrew Andrews, but the team regained their losing ways Wednesday night vs. UCLA. It was a 22 point slaughtering that was even over 30 at times. The Huskies do have a chance at a victory this weekend against a terrible USC team, but the chances are hurt by the fact that Shawn Kemp Jr. is out with a concussion. It has been a sad fall by a team that was once 11-0 and ranked #13 in the country.

However, there is at least one good basketball team at the University of Washington. The women’s team has continued its excellent season. A couple weeks ago, they defeated #7 Oregon State at home for their second win against a top-10 team this season. Their play has earned them a projected 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament this season. Something that was extremely weird about their season was their back-to-back games against WSU last week. The Huskies fell to the Cougars 83-72 at home on the 20th, only to turn and destroy the Cougars 83-43 in Pullman. No, that is not a typo. They beat the Cougs by 40 points two days after they lost to them by 11. The women’s basketball team caps off the season this weekend against USC and UCLA. Oh, by the way, Kelsey Plum is 6th in the country in scoring at 22.9 points per game and she is only a sophomore. Things will only get better for this team over the next couple of seasons.

Mr. T

‘Boston Bomber’ Put on Trial Finally

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial is scheduled to begin next week. Of course that is hoping the jury selection stays on course. The wide spread knowledge of the Boston bombing during the Boston Marathon has made the jury selection painfully difficult.

The trial was scheduled to begin on January 26, but questioning the juror took much longer than expected, in the end it took over 21 days to question the pool of 256 candidates. They were questioned, in depth, about if they already believed Tsarnaev was guilty beyond doubt, and if they were willing to seek the death penalty or not.

The first challenge the jurors will face is to decide is if Tsarnaev is guilty of using a WMD (weapon of mass destruction) to kill and injure people at a public event. Next will be to decide on what becomes of him, life in prison without possibility of parole, or death (by lethal injection).

Massachusetts got rid of the death penalty in 1984, but this case is being tried in federal court. 17 out of 30 of the counts against him give the option of the death penalty as a punishment.

It has been said, not confirmed, that the trial will be underway during this years Boston Marathon (April 20th).

He’s Almost Back!!!

What’s up everybody?

Tommorow is the day I have been waiting for for quite a while. Rory is back, baby.

The reason I am so excited is because Rory was the first pro golfer that I really liked and learned his name. And I was only into golf for like a 3 weeks before he stopped playing to deal with all his legal issues. I am hoping that he comes back and whoops some butt and puts on a great show. Unfortunately for me, I have work tomorrow, so I will probably end up recording it on the cable box. (Is that still a normal thing? I would have no clue, at this point I am so out of touch with that kind of technology it hurts.) This will also be my first time going out of my way to record a golf event! I usually just watch it when its on, but not this time. I am gonna get some popcorn and watch Rory wreck the competition. (If he is still in OK shape.)

Another big event coming up is of course the Masters. Seeing what I have seen, it is a huge surprise to me that he has not won a green jacket. Even European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says;

“I’d be very surprised if at the end of his career he hasn’t won more than one Masters green jacket.”

Who wouldn’t be. Rory is a very talented golfer, and definitely deserves a jacket.

Good night everyone,

PuttProtege

 

Seattle Center

A perfect place for any tourist visiting Seattle for the first would be the Seattle Center. Around there you are sure to find so many tourist attractions and you could spend a couple days just wandering around in this part of Seattle. Around the Seattle center you can find attractions that I have mentioned in previous posts such as the Space Needle and the Key Arena.

The Seattle Center might just be the perfect place to visit over spring break if you are flying in from somewhere else and if you are local I would suggest any weekend with some sun. Even on a day that is not so nice you can still find plenty of things to do that are indoors. Some of these things may include the Experience Music Project and the Children’s museum.

You can also be sure to find all sorts of places to grab a bite to eat. There are so many different restaurants you can pick from. Another great thing to do when it’s sunny is to grab a spot somewhere near the gorgeous fountain Seattle Center has and eat your food or just hang out and relax under the sun for a bit. This fountain is huge and it is a really beautiful spot to check out in Seattle.

Overall I think the Seattle Center is a great place to start if you are interested in finding some local attractions to visit in Seattle. It will be busy day full of all sorts of fun activities.

-SeattleGirl

Ride the Ducks of Seattle

In recent years, “Ride the ducks” has been voted the best tour in Seattle by King 5 audience. This tour service opened in 1997 and has grown in popularity each year since. It is no boring tour and you are bound to have a good time. It is both a land and water tour giving the tourist the best of both worlds!

The vehicle involved in the tour is a World War ll amphibious landing craft that has the capability of driving on Seattle’s roads as well as straight into the water for the different portions of the tour.

Quackers are available on the tour that are in the shape of a duck bill and make annoying noises. If you keep it afterwards certain places around Seattle will even offer you discounts. Even though they make annoying sounds that are kind of fun and silly to use.

The cool thing about this tour is that it is local so you are supporting a local Seattle business if you take a tour with them. According to their website they raised over 50,000 dollars in donation for the Starlight Children’s Foundation Northwest.

Overall the tour is pretty awesome and definitely an experience like no other. If you wish to see a little bit of Seattle while you’re in town or you live in Washington yet want to know more fun facts about the area and love sightseeing it’s the perfect tour. If you are looking for a unique 90 minutes touristy experience on both land and water this is the tour for you.

Turkish Men Wearing Miniskirts to Fight for Women’s Rights

In an article recently published by TIME, it was reported that a handful of men from Turkey are wearing actual miniskirts as a form of protest following the horrific murder of a 20-year-old student, Ozgecan Aslan. Aslan was allegedly killed after fighting off a bus driver that tried to sexually assault her.

While I could go off on a multitude of tangents about the terrifying aspects that led to this woman’s murder, the more prevalent part of this event is the men’s response to it. All too often do we see men ban together to attack women or protest against them instead of helping them. Granted, men fighting for women’s rights has become much more common in the past decade especially in countries like the United States, protests that relate to a women being killed for resisting are harder to find.

What spawned these specific men’s protest was women protesting this same case of Aslan’s murder, but they chose to wear miniskirts to express their solidarity with the women who were already protesting.

The protest just isn’t in the form of men walking around in miniskirts either, it is taken to Twitter too. Men holding up signs and hash tagging “wear miniskirts for Ozgecan” is all over the social media site.

You can read all of the details about the event here.

The effectiveness and unifying element of galvanizing several men to taking such a stance on a such as serious social issue as defending a girl who was killed just because she resisted sexual assault is a very promising thing for countries to look to all over the world.

Guilt trippin

hello friends,

So I was just looking up a bunch of random vegan stuff and I noticed something that made me kind of upset. A LOT of the vegan websites, twitter accounts, blogs, and things really played into people’s guilt and made it seem like any person who did not go vegan was some kind of inhuman barbarian.

I get if your belief is that being vegan is what’s right, and I also get if your belief is that being vegetarian or eating meat is right, but what I do NOT stand for is when people become so caught up in whatever lifestyle they feel is right that they start chastising others for doing what they believe is right. If you’re going to be vegan, then by all means do so, but do NOT go around saying inflammatory things to nonvegans.

I saw lots of ridiculous tweets, like ones that said it’s not worth your time to be friends with those who aren’t vegan, or that nonvegans have “idiotic opinions” that are hard to be tolerant of. They then go on to say contradictory things like “don’t eat anything you don’t feel good about.” If I feel good about eating meat, then that philosophy should stand true and I should be able to eat my meat without getting insulted for it.

I think a lot of the reason why vegans have gained such a terrible reputation as crazy activists is because of all the vegans who go around saying rude things about nonvegans. If you want people to follow what you’re doing, then saying mean things about them is DEFINITELY not going to help your case.

Sorry for the rant, but I think it’s just so important that people understand that what other people believe in, whether it be their decision to go vegan or not, their religion, or whatever sports they prefer is their OWN BUSINESS.

For example, if I want to read these magazines, then I will read them. There’s no point telling me that reading them makes me a shallow, stupid person. not that I love magazines like these lol
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You do what you think is right, and let other people do what they believe is right. Unless it’s just completely wrong, like don’t just let your friend jump off a cliff because he thinks it’ll help him find the meaning of life. I hope you have a great day (:

loveee,

piano

So I have to learn this piano piece for an adjudication thing in two weeks and I’m worried. I enjoy piano but music is not like my passion and I’m not a musical prodigy so I have to actually work at it. It’s not as though I haven’t’ been practicing, but, well, I probably haven’t practiced as diligently as I should have. And with a junior year level of homework extracurriculars and everything else in life to attend to, I’m having difficulty finding the time.  The piece—a really interesting Scott Joplin—is fun to play and I am getting the hang of it, but it’s not yet what you would call polished. Or memorized. So this is going to be an interesting two weeks for me.

Drawing on the infinite body of music-teacher wisdom, my piano teacher suggested a technique of memorization that’s been working remarkably well. Pick a single measure and play it through until you can really hear the way it’s supposed to sound. Then do it without looking. It doesn’t take more than about 20 seconds and nine times out of ten your fingers remember what they’re supposed to do. You’ve both heard the notes and gone through the motion of playing the keys, so you have auditory and kinesthetic memory going for you. Then move on to the next measure and play that four or five times until you think you’ve got it. Then—the kicker—play both measures without looking. It seems daunting, but for me it worked. So far you’ve put in about a minute’s work and you have two measure more or less down. Ten keep building on that measure by measure and pretty soon you’ve got a significant chunk down. Would you be able to replicate that memorization feat if you left the piano and came back half an hour later? Probably not. But you’re at least a piece of the way there.

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