Author Archives: Ratha M.

July 12, 2016

10 Problems Only Introverts Understand

Posted by at 12:57 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

If you are sometimes shy, enjoy quiet time to just think, and like to be by yourself a lot, you may be an introvert. Almost one half of the population is introverted but when you’re an introvert, it can feel like the whole world is a giant, non-stop noise box. Your strength is in listening and being sensitive to other people, but because you don’t blab about how great you are, people don’t always recognize your quiet awesomeness. (Personally, I think we ALL have a little bit of introvert in us!) Take a look and see if you can relate to:

10 Problems Only Introverts Understand

  • An oral presentation or even just answering a question in class is sometimes scary.
  • You would rather eat lunch in the library or in a classroom with a small group of friends than in the loud lunchroom.
  • You prefer writing or drawing to talking sometimes.
  • After spending a few hours in a noisy group of friends or family, you need to be quiet by yourself for a little while.
  • You practice conversations in your head, so the real ones aren’t so terrifying.
  • You want to do homework or read during your after-school play date – but your friend wants to talk and talk and talk. And talk.
  • Having conversations with grownups. It’s bad.
  • People keep asking you, “Are you ok?” or “Why are you so quiet?”
  • You wish you had noise-cancelling headphones when riding the school bus.
  • You are the best listener you know but people don’t always listen to you.

If you can relate to these problems, then you might be an introvert. Leave a Comment to let us know what’s going on inside your mind!


July 4, 2016

10 Problems Only Percy Jackson Fans Understand

Posted by at 1:31 am in Percy Jackson, Reads | Permalink

Everyone has problems, but if you’re obsessed with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (as we know many of you are) this list is for you! See if you can identify with . . . 

10 Problems Only Percy Jackson Fans Understand

10. You can’t decide on naming your goldfish Artemis or Poseidon.

9. You get in trouble for telling people to go to Hades.

8. You call your blanket your “Golden Fleece.”

7. You keep thinking that creepy tree in your backyard is Thalia’s tree and she’s trapped inside.

6. You tell people that you’re “half-blood” when you are half-Irish and half-Italian.

5. You imagine what it would be like to never age past 16 if you were inducted as one of Artemis’s lieutenants.

4. You are desperate to go to Camp Half-Blood. (This is actually a real camp that my friends do! We’re talking daily missions, battle training, sword fighting, and more.)

3. You keep calling your half-brother “Tyson” and pretending he is a Cyclops.

2. You can’t stop harassing your friends to read the series.

1. You wander aimlessly around your house because you finished all the books.

Are you obsessed with Percy Jackson? Tell us in how bad it is in the Comments below!


July 1, 2016

Bunk'd Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:15 am in Movies & TV, Would You Rather | Permalink

BUNK'D - Disney Channel's "Bunk'd" stars Karan Brar as Ravi, Skai Jackson as Zuri and Peyton List as Emma.Summer Camp Bunk’d Style!

Just in time for summer camp season, we thought it was the perfect time for some Bunk’d Would You Rather! If you went crazy over Disney Channel’s Jessie, then you’re a fan of Bunk’d which is the spinoff TV show. The cast (minus Jessie and Luke – boo hoo!) make their way to Camp Kikiwaka, the summer camp their parents met at when they were teenagers.

There are new characters like the heartthrob camp counselor Xander, and the outdoorsy farm girl Lou. Add in campers Jorge who claims he was abducted by aliens, and Tiffany who is super-smart and has over-protective parents. Throw these city kids into the wild – and it makes for some pretty funny episodes!

To get you in summer camp survival mode, tell us Would You Rather . . .

1. Sleep-away camp OR day camp?
2. Tell ghost stories OR see a bear?
3. Tug of War OR Canoe Race?
4. Get poison ivy OR be bitten by a swarm of mosquitoes?
5. Be bunkmates with Emma OR Ravi?
6. Have a cute camp counselor OR “survival-expert” camp counselor?
7. Step in bear poop OR get sprayed by a skunk?
8. Camping on the beach OR the forest?
9. Give up your phone/device all summer OR give up candy?
10. Get attacked by an angry chipmunk OR angry bald eagle?

Let us know what you’d rather . . . and what you think of Bunk’d in the Comments below. Happy Camping!


Photo courtesy of Disney Channel

June 28, 2016

Best Dobby Quotes

Posted by at 1:53 am in Harry Potter | Permalink

Dobby clay model  by Jim KayHappy Birthday to Dobby the House Elf! Celebrate with Quotes!

In honor of our favorite house elf, Dobby, from the Harry Potter series and his birthday on June 28th,  we would like to take a moment to reflect on his awesomeness and wisdom.

As many of you know, Dobby started as a house elf enslaved to the Malfoy family. He loved Harry, and Harry eventually helped Dobby earn his freedom when he tricked Lucius Malfoy into giving him his freedom. He then worked at Hogwarts, giving us tons of hilarious one-liners and escapes until the bitter end. But enough about that! Let’s now celebrate Dobby with some of his most memorable quotes!

  1. “Dobby will have to punish himself most grievously for coming to see you, sir. Dobby will have to shut his ears in the oven door for this.” (Chamber of Secrets)
  2. “Dobby has never been asked to sit down by a wizard — like an equal --”(Chamber of Secrets)
  3. “Harry Potter must not go back to Hogwarts.” (Chamber of Secrets)
  4. Harry: ”You’d better clear off before my bones come back, Dobby, or else I might strangle you.”
    Dobby: ”Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them five times a day at home.” (Chamber of Secrets)
  5. “Harry Potter mustn’t be angry with Dobby. Dobby did it for the best.” (Chamber of Secrets)
  6. “Socks are Dobby’s favorite, favorite clothes sir! But sir . . . they has made a mistake in the shop, Harry Potter. They is giving you two the same.” (Goblet of Fire)
  7. “Professor Dumbledore said we is free to – to . . . call him a – a barmy old codger if we likes, sir!” (Goblet of Fire)
  8. “And if Dobby does it wrong, Dobby will throw himself off the topmost tower, Harry Potter!” (Half-Blood Prince)
  9. “Kreacher will not insult Harry Potter in front of Dobby! No he won’t, or Dobby will shut Kreacher’s mouth for him!” (Half-Blood Prince)
  10. Bellatrix Lestrange: ”You stupid elf! You could have killed me!”
    Dobby: ”Dobby never meant to kill! Dobby only meant to maim, or seriously injure!”(Deathly Hallows)

I can’t say how much I loved Dobby’s character. What about you guys? Share your deepest thoughts in the Comments below!


Dobby clay model by Jim Kay

June 6, 2016

10 Problems Only Minecraft Fans Understand

Posted by at 1:30 am in Games, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Are you obsessed with Minecraft? Can you spend hours creating your world and visiting your friends’ worlds? Do you eat, sleep, and breathe Minecraft? When you get tired of playing, do you switch over to watching videos of other people playing Minecraft? If so, this is for you. Read on to see if you DIG:

10 Problems Only Minecraft Fans Understand!

  1. When a zombie kills your dog (or cat or bunny or horse).
  2. Your game glitches and you accidentally die.
  3. You build a fireplace in your house . . . and your house accidentally catches fire.
  4. You can’t decide who is better: Stampy Cat or Dan TDM. It is TOO HARD to decide.
  5. When your sister plays your game and changes/damages/erases your world. Not cool.
  6. Lava. It’s bad news.
  7. You are constantly searching online how to build cool stuff like ender portals, pirate ships, mob traps, real stuff like the Empire State Building or Titanic . . . the list goes on and on.
  8. You can’t stop blowing stuff up with TNT.
  9. You have nightmares about a chicken jockey (a baby zombie riding on a chicken) attacking you.
  10. You have nightmares about not being able to play Minecraft.

Are you a Minecrafter? Let us know your problems only fellow Minecraft fans would understand – in the Comments below!


May 24, 2016

10 Problems Only Nearsighted People Understand

Posted by at 1:31 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Flickr photo by Yoppy

Do you wear eyeglasses? Or maybe you need glasses, but you have a habit of “forgetting” to put them on? If you’re nearsighted, this one’s for you. Get ready to take a closer look at . . .

  1. Bangs + Glasses = Drama. The constant fight with your bangs and glasses leaves you with greasy hair, an itchy face, and no patience.
  2. Swimming without your glasses. If you lose sight of your friends at the pool, you might not find them again for an hour.
  3. Waking up and trying to find your glasses so you can see. It’s even worse at a sleepover!
  4. Before you got glasses, you never saw individual blades of grass or leaves on trees. Amazing.
  5. Forgetting your glasses in your desk at school. Again.
  6. Squinting. Lots of it.
  7. The “3” looked like an “8.” It REALLY did.
  8. As hard as you try, you just can’t get those splotches off of your glasses from this morning’s hair stylizing.
  9. Protective sports goggles. Is there anything more awkward?
  10. You can’t wear your trendy headbands with your glasses. Noooooo!

And there you have it. Are you nearsighted? Share your dramas in the Comments below!


May 16, 2016

Hamilton Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:53 am in Music, Trivia | Permalink

HamiltonHamilton Trivia Quiz

American history + rap music  = Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton has an amazing story, and his life is brought to life by the Broadway musical, Hamilton. It won the Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for 16 Tony Awards – the most in Broadway history! Tickets are pretty much impossible to get, but you can listen to the amazing soundtrack to get a taste of what it’s like. (I’m totally obsessed!)

A little backstory . . . Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies around 1755. His father abandoned him, and his mom died when he was 12. After a hurricane destroyed his town, he jumped on a boat to New York and carved a name for himself. He was rejected from Princeton University, faced discrimination as an immigrant, but used his strong personality and “power of the pen” to get ahead. He became General Washington’s right-hand-man in the Revolutionary War, part of the new U.S. Government Cabinet, helped write the Federalist Papers, founded the NY Post newspaper, and basically established the American banking system. He died in a pistol duel with the U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr.

Catch a beat with our Hamilton Trivia Quiz based on Hamiltunes from the musical soundtrack.

1. What song has these lyrics?
“As a kid in the Caribbean I wished for a war.
I knew that I was poor;
I knew that it was the only way to
Rise up!
The elephant is in the room.
The truth is in ya face when ya hear the British cannons go . . .

2. The song “You’ll Be Back” is sung by King George of which country?
Hint: He is not happy over the colonies wanting to break up with him, so he sings madly . . .
“Time will tell.
You’ll remember that I served you well.
Oceans rise, empires fall.
We have seen each other through it all.
And when push comes to shove . . .
I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love!
Da da dat dat daaaaa . . .”

3. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr are long-time rivals. Hamilton loves to taunt Burr with the phrase: ”If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you_________?” A) Fall for? B) Eat for dinner? C) End up doing for the rest of your life?

4. What song has these lyrics?
“I’m not throwin’ away my shot!
I’m not throwin’ away my shot!
Ayo, I’m just like my country;
I’m young, scrappy, and hungry.
I’m not throwin’ away my shot!”

5. When Thomas Jefferson comes home from Paris, he sings a song “What’d I Miss?” about which state?
“So what did I miss?
What’d I miss?
___________ , my home sweet home, I wanna give you a kiss.”
Name that state! A) Oregon B) Virginia C) Texas

6. Was Alexander Hamilton Secretary of State OR Secretary of the Treasury?
Look at the lyrics from the song “Schuyler Defeated” for a clue:
(Sung by Aaron Burr to Hamilton) “Oh, Wall Street thinks you’re great. You’ll always be adored by the things you create.”

7. In the song “The Room Where it Happens”, Aaron Burr sings, “Or did you know, even then, it doesn’t matter where you put the U.S. Capital?”
Hamilton answers, “Cuz we’ll have the banks, we’re in the same spot. And I wanted what I got.”
What city instead of Washington D.C. was the U.S. Capital supposed to originally be in? (But Hamilton made sure the banking center of the nation was there, which he thought was just as important).

8. In the last song of the show “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story,” who is credited for telling the story of Hamilton’s life? A) George Washington B) Aaron Burr C) His wife Eliza

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May 11, 2016

Pokémon Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:46 am in Games, Would You Rather | Permalink

We know a lot of you love Pokémon, as we saw in our recent Most Powerful Pokémon post.

If you’re not familiar with the power of Pokéman,  they are fictional creatures that humans catch and train to battle each other for sport. And with just around 722 Pokémon characters to choose from  – spanning games, TV series, movies, and comics – it’s hard to pick a favorite! Whether you’re a seasoned Pokéfan, just discovering Pokémon, take a poke at our Pokémon Would You Rather.

Would You Rather . . . 

  1. Be in a Pokémon cartoon OR video game?
  2. Be Dialga (the steel dragon) and be able to warp time by speeding it up and slowing it down, OR Palkia (the water dragon) and be able to warp space, and travel to other dimensions?
  3. Have the power to copy your foe’s ability (Trace) OR the power to make your foe infatuated with you (Cute Charm)?
  4. Have Mega Kangaskhan OR Mega Rayquaza be your battle BFF?
  5. Have the power to turn your enemy to ice with an icy punch OR make your enemy fall asleep?
  6. The winner of the cutest Pokémon is . . . Pikachu OR Eevee?
  7. Be a “god” like Arceus OR a “beast” like Deoxys?
  8. Win a Pokémon playing card tournament OR Pokémon video game tournament?

Let us know your answers, and your Pokémon Would You Rather questions in the Comments below!


May 3, 2016

10 Problems Only People Who Play an Instrument Understand

Posted by at 1:30 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Do you play an instrument? Are you one of those fabulously talented people who can transform an empty room into an instant dance party? Well, we know it’s not easy being awesome, so this Top Ten List is for you! We’ve compiled a list of top 10 problems only people who play an instrument understand.

  1. Spit valves and emptying your spit. (Eww).
  2. What to wear to the band concert.
  3. Messing up your solo at the band concert!
  4. Your saxophone, backpack, and athletic gear take up an ENTIRE school bus seat.
  5. Saying this to your friends: “I can’t come over today. I have to practice.”
  6. Short nails (sorry violin players).
  7. When you have to rehearse a song that you hate over and over and over . . . and over again.
  8. A broken string at the worst possible time.
  9. When your little brother “practices” on your trumpet.
  10. Demands to perform at every family gathering.

What about you guys? Do you play an instrument? Let us know some of YOUR problems in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Writer

April 29, 2016

Stuck in the Middle Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:13 am in Movies & TV, Would You Rather | Permalink

stuck in the middleIf you’ve seen the new show Stuck in the Middle, you’re probably a fan, because once you watch one episode you just can’t stop! At least this was the case for me. The show is about Harley Diaz and her six (yep six!) siblings and she’s the middle kid.

  • Rachael – the oldest, totally vain and into her looks and social media.
  • Ethan – Harley’s favorite sibling, budding musician, and partner in crime.
  • Georgie – basketball player who makes up for lack of “skill” with positive will (known to say “Negativity is loserville, my friend!”). Slightly annoying but kind of funny.
  • Twins Louie and Beast – crazy mini-ninjas.
  • Daphne – the youngest, usually wearing a tutu, tiara, and their mom’s high heels.

Her mom occasionally hides in the pantry to escape from the craziness of seven kids, and the kids often eat food from the garbage. But hey – this just happens sometimes with seven kids in one family!

Would You Rather. . .

  1. Be the oldest of seven siblings OR the youngest?
  2. Have your family forget your birthday OR totally embarrass you in front of your crush on your birthday?
  3. Have your wi-fi cancelled OR your device/tablet broken?
  4. Have a big family OR be an only child?
  5. Be a rock star musician OR world famous scientist?
  6. Only get 3 minutes in the bathroom in the morning OR have to share a toothbrush with your sibling?
  7. Babysit three crazy 5-year olds OR change five poopy diapers?

Let us know what you’d rather in the Comments below!