Monday, June 29, 2009

Making a Movie!

The mystery project is revealed-- We're making a movie!
I mentioned it a few months ago, but now we're actually doing it. My family is entering a short film contest at the library called "Quiet on the Set!" We started filming on Saturday, and we got lots of great footage at the library.  My mom is the main character in our film, and a friend from church agreed to be the dreamy librarian, who imagines my mom as characters in the books she checks out. So my mom got to be a scientist (hence the chemistry), a detective (wearing a trench coat), a cowgirl, and a spacewoman (what the white gloves were for)! We made the books shown in the last post, one for each of the aforementioned characters. 

We had to have one scene where all of these characters are in the same shot, so we needed a few stand-ins to pretend to be my mom. I ended up being the scientist for that scene. I don't know if I'll show up at all in the film, but it was fun anyway. :)

Honest Abe watched us the whole time. I believe he thought we were quite entertaining.

We spent four and a half hours at the library, but we still have a lot of filming to do. The finished product has to be less than five minutes, including credits and such. And the deadline to enter is July 15th, so we have less than a month to finish it. *Gulp*

Here's a picture of the cast and crew:

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Mystery Project...

Here are some snapshots of what my family is doing today:

Spray painting a pair of gloves white-ish...

...a little chemistry...

...and some light reading!

How are all these things connected?  For mystery like this, I had to break out my trusty trench coat. (Which is also related to the other things, by the way)

So, what do you think we're doing? 

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cute Chicks (the fuzzy kind)

My mom's new chickens arrived yesterday! They're only about three days old, but they already know everything a chicken needs to survive- it's embedded in their fuzzy brains. Isn't God amazing? His handiwork is evident in even the tiniest birdies.

No, we're NOT going to eat them. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

More Math

I finally finished reading that horrid article about Algebra, and then I moved to Algeria.

I'd love to dive into some of my other projects (like editing my novel, building a treehouse,altered booking, making a movie, etc...) but since I'm apparently graduating this year, my mom has proclaimed that I need to finish Geometry. *gulp* 

Since it is on my list of Big, Fun, Scary Adventures for 2009, I really can't complain. I just need to change the deadline from the end of the year to the end of June. Bother. It's not impossible --I only have ten lessons left-- but it means I can't do much else. 

Once I finish Geometry, I'll be free to study what I'm interested in, and though my high school days will officially be over, I'll continue learning till the day I die. But not in college. 

But that's another story...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Big Ideas, Big Books

Early in the year, I mentioned my big, fun, scary adventures for 2009, but now I think it's time for an update.  They're all pretty big goals, and I haven't completed any of them. Yet.


The first one on my list is READ THE ENCYCLOPEDIA. Most people ask me, "What? Are you crazy?"


It was really fun for the first few months. I took notes on interesting subjects that started with "A," and I Amazed my family with my Astoundingly Accurate knowledge of Articles from Aardvarks to Alfalfa.  Unfortunately, then I hit Algebra. Ouch.

But I'm still working on it, and though I don't think I'll finish reading the entire set of volumes in four years, I'm optimistic that I can do it in at least twenty.  Maybe twenty-five years. Fifty, max.

Meanwhile, maybe you can help me solve for a.