Book Club Book: Dumped by Popular Demand Part 2

The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts
The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts

Hey girls! So now we’re over half way through this fabulous novel, Dumped By Popular Demand. So, that means that we need to discuss all the juicy details of Dorie’s experience in her new school, including her major social experiment.

Okay, the big news is the Holly Trinity. This is the elite circle of 3 in Greenview, which Dorie has figured out to be comprised of 3 popular girls: Holly MacAdams, Alexis Martinez, and Jenny Chang. After days of eating lunch in the girls bathroom, Dorie finally figured out who the three girls were. But, there was a still a huge mystery to figure out- what did they haven in common? Why were these three girls not only popular, but so close to each other?

The answer’s name is Grant. Grant is the popular guy in school who sits in the back of the class, jokes around, pokes fun at people, and definitely does not impress his teachers. But, let’s remember, he’s the popular kid. And, to top it off, he is what the Holly trinity has in common. Each girl has dated and been dumped by Grant, and this is the bond that holds them together. Like a lightbulb turning on, the idea comes to Dorie instantly. She will have to get Grant to recognize who she is, date her, then dump her in order to become one of the popular girls.

With the help of her also out-of-town friend Dixie, she begins on the first part (getting Grant to know who she is). With the help of Dixie’s makeover, we arrive at chapter 1 with a huge surprise. Grant does recognize Dorie, not for her name or who she is, but in science class. He picked her as his lab partner! As we read on to find out what this is about, I though of some questions to consider for this portion of the story:

Why would an ex-boyfriend bring three popular girls together? Why is this the only thing all three have in common?

What role does Dixie play in this part of the book? Do you think he will become more or less important as the story goes on?

And finally, why did grant pick Dorie as his partner? Did her trick of getting a makeover and asking him for a pencil work?

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Book Club Book: Fat Cat Part 2

Fat Cat Book
Fat Cat Book

Here we are, halfway through the book, with no answers on the Cat and Matt story! Seriously, what is going on? I am DYING to know what happened between this dynamic duo. Clearly, Cat and her current BFF Amanda overheard Matt saying something seriously offensive at the 7th grade science fair- but what did he say? And to whom did he say it?

On top of that, Cat’s experiment is totally wild! I can’t believe she is going through with it. Her mom and dietician were right about the withdrawal symptoms. I was really surprised about bad she reacted initially to the immediate stopping of eating those junk foods we all love. That means that chemicals like caffeine and artificial sweeteners really do affect our bodies in a big way. It really makes me think twice about all the garbage I put in my mouth. Now, I’m not saying I m going to try Cat’s crazy lifestyle for 7 months, but the fact that she is starting to see changes is inspiring. I know Cat had to come up with those provisions to live an ancient way in a modern world, and that made me realize some of those goals are attainable in the world we live in.

Now, enough talk about her experiment; let’s talk about her love life! We can finally see Cat changing her outside, but she is clearly not changing her inside. Despite several attempts from Amanda her boyfriend, Cat will not even persuaded to come on a double date with her best friends, nor will she even engage in conversation with Jordan’s teammate Greg. I’m not sure where this is going, especially considering we know how obsessed Cat is with Matt and how he mistreated her. Here are my burning questions for the 2nd half of the book:

Still, what DID Matt say on that fateful day at the 7th grade science project?

Will Cat ever realize how beautiful she really is, and that her outside is now reflecting her inside?

Will Cat give any boy a chance to develop a relationship with her, whether it is Matt or not?

Will Mr. Fizer pull the plug on Cat’s experiment?

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First Sneak Peak at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hey GirlMoguls!  I just got a few cool pics of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter the new attraction at Universal Orlando Resort.  How cool are these – how many of you would love to go there and see it for yourself – do you think you would feel the magic of the books or the movie.  You have to admit the castle looks pretty cool.


Hogwart's Castle at Orlando Universal Resorts Photo Credit: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando RessortThe magical transformation continues.  Although still very much a work in progress, the magnificence of Hogwarts castle is beginning to take shape above Hogsmeade as work continues on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Hogwarts will be the home of a thrilling, new, state-of-the-art attraction – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – that uses ground-breaking technology to bring the magic, characters and stories of Harry Potter to life in ways never before experienced. Set to open in Spring 2010 only at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant.

Ollivanders Wizarding Shop at Orlando Universal Resorts
Ollivanders Wizarding Shop at Orlando Universal Resorts

Also available is a sneak peak at Ollivander’s wand shop, where the wand chooses the wizard – you’ll get to experience it just like in the books.   You can see a cool video about the experience here: http://media.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/assets/videos/09310%20Ollivanders%20Web%20V8%20AFD.mov

And if you truly want to wait – and keep dropping hints to your mom and dad, you can go to the main website of the park and check out all the deets including a map, so you can plan out your trip http://www.universalorlandoresort.com/harrypotter/

Hey, Don’t Miss that Blind Spot!

Blind Spot Test
Blind Spot Test

Hey everyone. It’s Poppy here, your resident go-to girl for matters on science! Now, I know you might not like going to science class, but I’m going to tell you some cool stuff I learned from a psychologist I met at a college I visited with my mom. They were talking about the brain, and what happens in order for us to see something. The diagrams looked really complicated, but when she broke it down, I learned something really awesome about our vision!

We have something called a blind spot. And, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. It’s an actual spot where we can’t see. How does this happen? Well, let’s start from the beginning. When we look at an object, say a red apple, it sends physical waves to our eyes that move through the different parts of the eye. You know about your pupil, right? Well, that is just one of the many muscular components that make up our eyes, and allow us to see. Apparently, the pupil is actually a hole that is made from a gap in our eye muscles! Our eyes transfer those physical waves from muscle to muscle until they reach the site of transduction, which means they get turned into something called neural impulses. Now, I know it may seem like a lot of big words, which is what I thought, but the psychologist explained it to me in a simple way: the waves go through the eye, get to a site where things change, and then they come out as messages that are sent to our brains. Those messages tell us what we are seeing, and that we can out the image in our memory.

So, where does this whole blind spot come in? That has to do with memory. Our eyes don’t actually cover all the physical space in front of us when looking at a specific point. There is a spot that we can’t see, but we don’t see a hole or black spot there. Instead, our brain fills it in with our memories of familiar objects. For instance, if we only see a portion of something red, round, smooth, and shiny, our brain registers that the object is an apple. It does the same thing here, which is why we can’t see the blind spot. One way to know it’s there, though, is to look an object with one eye closed, and then switch eyes. The object isn’t in the same place, is it? This means that there is a blind spot, and that our brain fills it in for us! See, science isn’t always about words on a textbook- it can tell us cool things that our bodies do that we didn’t even know about!

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