A Chocolate Miracle, But Still a Tragedy.

So two days ago, I decided that I didn’t like the taste of Hershey’s Kisses anymore, but I also had a giant 56oz. bag that was 3/4 of the way finished. I didn’t know how else I could get rid of, but I caught myself thinking “Kit Kat is just a wafer wrapped in chocolate”. Then, as if a light bulb literally flashed above my head, an idea popped up in my mind. Since I already had some animal crackers, I could create the most marvelous combination ever: an animal-cracker-Hersheys-kisses sandwich!!

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Photo ©2009 by meddygarnet [C.C.-by-2.0]
 Feeling adventurous, I dipped my hands into the opening of the container of animal crackers and fished out two pieces. Trying as delicately as I could, I stuck the Hershey’s Kisses in between the two crackers, but then I came to a stop. The Hershey’s Kisses were pointy at the top, with the whole piece bearing a shape like a water droplet so it was hard to make a sandwich. I had to improvise, but how?

I sat in my chair for a good two minutes, racking my brain, which has 16 years of experience, to find a way to make this cracker-chocolate sandwich happen. Unfortunately, I had nothing. Placing the crackers and chocolate down, I slumbered over to my couch to brood more about this possibility that came so close to being a reality. When nothing else came to mind, I gave a silent sigh in my head, willing to just risk it with the one other method that came to mind. I would have to … *shudders* … to just throw it all in.

And so I did. Half-expecting disappointment, my world stopped when my teeth chomped down on both the chocolate and the cracker at the same time, and the rush of flavor was like a dam bursting. My mouth was filled with chocolatey goodness and then sabotaged by a crunchy, dry taste that came with the animal crackers. Amazed at my own discovery, I tested another one, just to make sure that this magical combination was something real. It was. I immediately ran to tell my sister of my discovery, only to realize that I had ran out of Hershey’s Kisses. “Wasn’t there 1/4 of the bag left?” I asked myself. Then it came to me that the time I had “measured” how full the bag was was about a week ago, and with my brother using the Kisses as his main go-to for snacks, it was a miracle in itself that the bag had lasted this long.

And so ends my fateful collision with probably the most genius invention I had ever came up with. Until next week, delicious friend.

-Duchess

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The Six Kinds of Procrastinators

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Photo ©2010 by Asja Boroš [CC-by-2.0]
I’m one of the millions of victims of procrastination. In fact, I’ve been suffering from this dreaded disease for about several years now. Procrastination can be seen as a good thing, you know, for those who work best under stress, but for others, it’s a constant constant constant feeling of shame, guilty, and… boredom. I wish I can just not procrastinate with the snap of my fingers but I have to admit, procrastinating when there’s still time left can be rewarding. I know I sound super crazy right now but hear me out. I think there are different kinds of procrastination, some of them may actually be good. Continue reading

Thoughts on Sleeping, Dreaming, and Deja vu

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Photo ©2013 by Beverley Goodwin [CC-by-2.0]
I looooove sleeping. LOVE it. I’m sure many of us have been told as children to “Take a nap now, or you won’t be able to take naps when you’re older” or some variations of this, but I’ve never realized how true it was. Yesterday when I got home from school at about two in the afternoon, I was sitting at my desk, doing my Spanish homework when I realized how cool sleep is. Napping is like your body goes into a mini-hibernation and leaves you feeling refreshed after such a short amount of time. When I was little, I never liked the idea of napping, mostly because I wasn’t used to it and because I just couldn’t stay still enough to fall asleep in the middle of the day. Now, I often find myself thinking about sleeping, not because whatever I’m doing at the time is boring, but just thinking about the science behind sleeping and napping.  Continue reading

Resolutions

So as March Hare posted about her top-10 lists for 2014, I wanted to post my top-10 list for 2015. Without further ado, here is my number one top-ten list to be completed by December 31, 2015.

Hardcover book gutter and pages

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Books:

1/ A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (currently on book one ^_^) – a story about characters from different families’ struggle for one single throne.

2/ A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers – a memoir of a student who loses his parents to cancer within a short amount of time and is left alone to take care of his eight-year-old brother.

3/ Lolita by Vladimir Nakobov – “Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.”

4/ The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – “With a timeless charm [the book] tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.”

5/ Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – “On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.”

6/ Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Set in the year 2044, Wade Watts, who prefers living in the virtual world OASIS, dreams of finding the treasure that OASIS’s creature had hid in the virtual world. When he finds the first puzzle, he is up in a competition against players who would to anything to get the prize.

7/ And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – “Ten strangers, each with a dark secret, are lured to a mansion on an unhabited island and are killed off one by one.”

8/ Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – “Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!”

9/ Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura – “When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. ‘I created you to be a cancer on the world,’ his father tells him. It is a tradition in their wealthy family: a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, will beget one last child to cause misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved. From this point on, Fumihiro will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can. Between his education in hedonism and his family’s resources, Fumihiro’s life is one without repercussions. Every door is open to him, for he need obey no laws and may live out any fantasy he might have, no matter how many people are hurt in the process. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question his father’s mandate, and starts to resist.”

10/ The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – “ After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.”

*Book synopses in quotes are from goodreads.com

– Duchess

My World

My world is a slab of golden, honey-colored wood, quite wide when I first laid my eyes on it. It stands about three feet high from the ground and about an arm span across. Facing the stark white walls calloused from memories of previous owners, it seemed solemn when not in use. The once bare surface is now covered with textbooks and notebooks, from history to english to biology, stacked up about 13 inches high, meeting the wall with its brown paper-bagged cover. Continue reading