Hi! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. This post is all about… my recent trip to Xiao Liu Qui! By ‘recent’, I mean that I just returned last night. In case you don’t know, Xiao Liu Qui (pronounced ‘shiao lee-yo cho’) is a small island just off Southwest Taiwan. There is a 20-minute ferry ride to get there, and to get to the harbor from my house, (Morrison Academy Kaohsiung staff housing) is a 1-hour drive. Still, even though we only stayed for 2 days, it was WORTH IT. We went to 4 different places to swim, and we stayed at a hotel called Secret Path. it was Anna-Mazing place! If you go to Vase Rock, (which is one of the most famous places) there are some awesome places to wade, and it’s a great place to walk on the coral that sticks out of the ground! There are even some tiny starfish there! I didn’t see any sea urchins there, but at some of the other places, you have to be very careful, because they are everywhere! I hope some of the people reading this will get a chance to visit this place, because this was one of my favorite trips ever!
Here are some pictures of the trip!
Like I said in my last Anna-Mazing Family post, the last one didn’t seem very accurate to me anymore. So I decided that every once in a while, I will write a new Anna-Mazing family post, entitled Anna-Mazing Family Update. Well, here is the first one. Enjoy!
Paul: My Dad. He likes birding, going on hikes, and photography.
Kate: My Mom. Her hobbies are reading, eating, and sleeping.
Lucy: My sister. She is 7 years old. Her hobbies include playing outside, playing with friends, and watching TV.
Anna: Me. I enjoy reading, writing, and listening to Hamilton.
(Everyone has other interests, but these are three of them.)
Tell me some of your hobbies on the Contact Anna! 🙂 page!
I went to the dentist to check out my tooth, and I got there, they looked at it, and they said, “We’re going to have to pull it out.” They gave me two shots in the mouth, and then reached in and pulled it out! It didn’t hurt as much as I expected it to, but it still HURT!
Then I had to bite down on a tissue for 30 minutes afterward!
That was NOT fun.
This is a recipe for Candy Cookies, which I invented. Enjoy!
Note: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 sticks softened butter, 3/4 granulated sugar, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 large eggs.
Instructions: Combine flour, baking soda, and salt into small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chopped morsels of 2-4 of your favorite candy bars! Bake for 9-11 minutes. Cool on sheets for 2 minutes, then move to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
This is a book report\book review about the old classic… Little Women! It is WONDERFUL!!!!!
Little Women is a wonderful book about four sisters (oldest to youngest) named Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, growing up during the time of the Civil War. In this story they stay strong, by waiting for their father to come home from the war. They are tested by tragedies, small and big, and are challenged to face them bravely until their father returns.
I love how Louisa May Alcott tells the story so realistically, and she spins a story up just like a spider spinning a web, as it ends up so beautiful, strong, and useful. I call this book useful because it has so many morals, but not in a way that makes it sound like ‘preaching’, as she calls it in the book. She has a talent for telling realistic, yet wonderous stories.
This book, Little Women, will surely pull you into the March sisters’ story just as it did to me. It makes you want to cry, laugh, smile, frown, and at times, make you want to stop reading, fearing it could never get better, or worse.
Ugh. I’m sick. My throat hurts, I can’t breathe out of my nose, I have a headache, and I woke up with a fever of 100.7 Fahrenheit. On the bright side, I get to stay home from school, relax, and watch TV. So what if my throat hurts so much I can barely talk? So what if I have to sleep and chew with my mouth open so I can breathe? So what if my head hurts on and off all day? Well, I HATE BEING SICK!!!!! I’m not the kind of person who fakes being sick so they can miss school. I love school! I hate having to miss it, especially since there is a guest speaker at our school this week! I’ve already missed 1 1/2 of this week! And thinking that I might have to stay home tomorrow, also first day of the Drama Club I signed up for? AUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is one un-Anna-Mazing day!
I wrote this post a while ago! Sorry! My computer didn’t work, and I couldn’t’t post it! Yay! I’m better now!
Now, I know I talk a lot about how much I love the musical Hamilton, and it’s the best thing ever, but I bet a lot of you guys are wondering, “What’s Hamilton?” Hoping I’ll write a post about it, or maybe even googling it. Well, if this explains you, this post will revive you from these thoughts. Hamilton is a Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel-Miranda all about… Alexander Hamilton. Who’s Alexander Hamilton, you ask? Alexander was the very first secretary of Treasury, Washington’s right-hand man in the Revolutionary War, and a very awesome guy. He wrote 51 of the 85 Federalist papers, and was the one who inspired John Jay and James Madison to write any! He married Elizabeth Schuyler in 1780. He died in a duel with vice president Aaron Burr in 1804, two years after his son Phillip died in a duel as well. He was an amazing guy. I hope this post inspires you to learn more about him and inspires you to listen to Hamilton.