Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Belated Christmas

Posting this a little late though I actually wrote it on Christmas day... don't know what happened there...

Merry Christmas!

So it's the later hours of Christmas day, and it gets to the point where the excitement has passed and you realise that it's another 365 sleeps until you get to do Christmas morning all over again. And that's a little sad. To think it's one of those things that you just look forward to so desperately every year. And the closer it gets the more exciting it is, the anticipation builds until you can barely take it as you attempt to sleep on Christmas Eve despite knowing half of your presents anyway...

Why do we get so excited about Christmas? Is it the childhood memories of the magic there once was that holds a strong tie with your mind to always continue to be so excited even after the magic isn't quite there anymore? Is it the anticipation of so many people getting presents at one time?

Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? From something as simple as contact with family and friends to extravagant presents received from loved ones I hope that you had an enjoyable Christmas. I have certainly had a very merry one. It hasn't been perfect but what ever really is?

xo

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Santa Clause is coming!

I feel like Santa Clause, about to embark on my Christmas shopping spree to get hopefully all of the gifts for all the people I need to get gifts for! And while so many people dread such an occasion I am excited! I'm excited to head off to the shopping centre, even though it's going to be disgusting busy! And I hope they're playing some Christmas Carols very loudly! I've sort of made a list, though I'm not as organised as I planned to be I think it will be ok. Hopefully I can tick just about everything off the list! I love Christmas!

Wish me luck!

xo

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Eleven Sleeps

So today I went to the gym twice. That's how committed to the gym I am. And I'm just a little bit stressed about the festive season and what I'm going to do about not being able to get to the gym, my gym, and do my program. What's wrong with me? It literally runs my life! but I love it. The feeling you get after you've completed your program for the session is so fantastically awesome. Maybe I'm a gym junkie after all.

Due to circumstances and rearrangements of my day I ended up having muesli at three o'clock in the afternoon... as a late lunch! And boy was it good. I just thought I would tell you because it seemed kinda of funny.

Had re-enrolement today. Nearly got into a spot of trouble with my silly plastic cards that have these spending limits on them. How could something that is quite a good idea be so inconvenient?! Anyway, I got there in the end and am officially re-enrolled and will continue to be a full-time student!

Christmas is only eleven sleeps away! And I'm yet to put a real dent in my gift purchasing list. I have this theory that if I make a good list i will be able to go and get it all done in one day... We'll see I guess! So excited to do it though. I'm actually really looking forward to it.

xo

Sunday, December 11, 2011

myStyle/$pent #004

myStyle/$pent #004, October 2011.

So it's a little late... but better late than never!






Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Flave #002



The Flave #002



Face the Music. It’s hard not to have a giggle watching this when you see not only a much younger Patrick Dempsey than accustomed to but also this squeakier younger voice that he lets do the talking. I tend to enjoy Molly Ringwald in her golden days too. So apart from it being a typically predictable storyline about a young couple who fell in love and then went through a traumatic break-up only to years later have to put aside their differences and work together and of course one of them is engaged and things get complicated, I totally enjoyed it for what it was. 3/5

Also watched No ReservationsCatherine Zeta Jones is beautiful and tends to be pretty good but I don’t know about this one. I didn’t mind the film but I do feel like there was something missing, like the forgot one of the ingredients in this recipe. Aaron Eckhart is rather sweet and ragged as the leading man. And the sweet Abigail Breslin is cute as the heartbroken child and is soon to be the new IT girl I believe! She seems to be increasing her filmography quite rapidly! Overall I'd give the movie a 2.5/5.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Went and checked it out at the cinema the other week. Of course in total excitement and anticipation as we have been waiting a long while for this film. I think there were definitely some scenes in this film that as expected were very hard to watch for the squeamish of us out there. I have heard of someone passing out while viewing. And I don’t really blame them. I did enjoy it, I think I have this silly biased opinion towards anything Twilight though. And I’m not going to say there weren’t a few things that bugged me throughout the film. For one, Kristin Stewarts inability to actually smile. And often seeming as though she cannot close her mouth either. And there is this one really terrible wolf pack scene with an atrocious voice over that is the discussion in their heads. But apart from that I think it did the book as best justice that perhaps they could. As always Taylor Lautner, I thought delivered well. And Robert Pattinson was ok. I would definitely go and see it again. If it wouldn’t cost me a cent. And I am impatiently awaiting Part two despite it being a total build up to nothing and them being as cruel as they can and making us all wait an entire twelve months for the release. Having said all of this there is a part of me that just wonders that if perhaps there were different stars playing the two leading roles of Bella and Edward that perhaps it would be a better film. I feel like at times they have this awkward almost lack of chemistry. But maybe that’s the directors fault. Perhaps they didn’t shoot it as well as they could have… Anyway. Enough Twilight. 4/5.

So as I have previously mentioned my intention of going out and purchasing the A Team artist, Ed Sheeran’s album +, I did so and I have to say I am far from disappointed with it. I adore it! This guy has the sweetest tracks and I have had it on repeat quite a bit! Particular favourite tracks are Kiss MeDrunk, Wake Me Up, Small Bump, This, Lego House, Give Me Love and of course A Team. These all have the 4 star rating on my iTunes. I’m particularly in love with Kiss Me. It’s just the sweetest, and so catchy. But the whole album is just sublime. I just love the sound he has going on. Definitely worth a listen if you enjoy Ed’s A Team track that is getting killed on the radio at the moment! But it is gorgeous. He’s gorgeous. What a cutie! Overall 4.7/5.

Adam is an interesting film starring the dreamy Hugh Dancy as Adam and our very own Australian actress the sweet Rose Byrne as the leading lady, Beth. Adam is a film that pulls at your heart strings as you watch Adam, a young man that has aszburgus and the development of his relationship with the new girl in his apartment building. That is in his apartment building that he is now living alone in his two bedroom apartment that he previously shared with his now late father. Constantly feeling pangs of emotion in those moments of Adam’s awkward honesty. I feel like I was educated by watching this film and would recommend it. It’s quite sweet watching Adam and Beth’s relationship develop and overcoming the obstacles of Adam’s disability. 3/5

Revolutionary Road, starring the experienced Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet, this film is actually quite depressing in the end. But I liked it. The love story of two young and ambitious people, April and Frank, determined not to end up in the norm of life of just letting each day pass like the last. They fall for each other and then a few children and several years later realize they had ended up exactly where they had intended not to be. Both having lost interest in each other April tries to re-light their flame, proposing that they uproot the family and move to France. Difficult choices have to be made in the face of this decision and there is no happy ending to it all. Kate and Leonardo are just fantastic. I did enjoy this one and can see why it achieved three Oscar nominations! 3.7/5. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Celebrations all around!


So today is the second birthday of my littlest brother. So my sisters and I made him the cutest cake! One of my sisters made a butter cake and then we decorated with freckles, jelly beans and m&m's and a lot of buttery icing! It's pretty cute! Check it out...


It was rather tasty if I do say so myself!

This is also my 100th post! Woohoo!

So in spirit of that party I have eaten far too much food at this point! Time to have a break before dinner, will possibly burst by the end of the day! But it's ok. It's Saturday. It's my day off! And I'm just not going to think of the food I've consumed today. Or at least try not to.

xo

Monday, November 28, 2011

Inside Out #003


Inside Out #003

So Thursdays gym assessment went well. Improvements all round! So mission complete! Now I just have to continue to find the right balance in the whole exercise and eating departments of life. In the spirit of activity and such things It's a Challenge are the thoughts of the beginning of this weight loss challenge

It's a Challenge

Clip clop, stomp stomp,
I troop home with purpose.
With confusion, frustration and determination.
Bad news.
Something needs to change, and though it's for the better, there are sacrifices that have to be made.
It's a challenge.
A hill to climb.
A mountain in my mind.
But ultimately a desirable result is in the cheivement. 
The climb: self control. 
Beginning Monday... No... Now? Tonight? Yes.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Early Bird Gets the Worm

So tomorrow is D day! The truth of the results of my serious dieting and weight losing habits for the last few months will be measured. And I'm looking forward to it because I've made progress and lost what I wanted to lose. The 5kg are gone. Hopefully all the other results combined reflect well too. Skin folds, fitness and strength. Only thing is the appointment is at 7. Which means a 6.10ish alarm, an even earlier start than usual. And a rush out the door. So I must sleep now. Haven't had to get up that early in ages! Unless you count this time last week when I got up and 1.30am to finish that final work for the completion of my first year of Graphic Design. Woo! Achievement is such a satisfying thing.

xo

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

So very tired

Drained as ever. I think now that the studies are done for the year I'm about to just collapse into a heap. It's ridiculous. Apart from working and the gym I've added nothing more strenuous to my day and I am as exhausted as ever! Just so very tired.

The awkward moment when you realise that you've been walking with your headphones in for a good five minutes and haven't even turned any music or the radio on!

That's as much as my brain will produce at the moment!
xo

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Flave #001

So "Summer holidays" are finally here and no more excuses not to get some of these personal little projects done. Here is another branch on my blog tree. The Flave! The Flave is where I will tell you about what I think of music, movies and other things in this direction. So here we go!


The Flave #001

Bought Morning Glory on DVD a few weeks ago. Just one of those ones that I wanted to get, especially with Rachel McAdams. Watched it last week and to be honest was a little disappointed. I guess I didn’t expect a whole lot from it but I just found it a bit too predictable and typical I think. Might have been in the wrong mood to watch that kind of movie at the time. 6/10.

The Last Kiss was another one I purchased not that long ago. It’s been on my list to watch for a long while, half because of Rachel Bilson. Yes, I tend to have a soft spot for actresses with my name. Anyways, apart from wanting to have a good talking to the leading male character Michael, Zach Braff, for his obviously stupid decisions I did quite enjoy the film. I guess it was quite real, the sort of thing that is happening all the time, it wasn’t a typical fairytale though they did seem to live happily in the very end. Rachel played an outgoing college student who was prepared to push the boundaries and go after an older man in the middle of a bit of a dismal realization that he had no surprises left in his predictable life. His partner finds out what he was doing behind her back and seems set to never forgive. I guess it showed that sometimes, no matter how much someone hurts you, if they’re important enough in your life you’ll forgive just about anything. 7.5/10.

Watched The Switch with a friend on the weekend. We went and got some delicious Cold Rock, I had coffee and spearmint choc chip with peanut M&Ms, and Malteasers if you were wondering. Was divine! And so was the movie. I really loved it. Jennifer Aniston (Whom I have a soft spot for because she played Rachel on Friends of course!) was cute along with Jason Bateman who I first saw in Juno and didn’t love because of his character but have since seen in many movies and I think this is my favourite of his. He played his cynical character perfectly. But the movie would not have been anywhere near as good as it was without the adorable little Thomas Robinson who played Sebastian, the little boy in the film. He is just the cutest little kid. Beyond adorable! I loved it. 9/10.

It’s actually ages since I first heard Ed Sheeran’s A team song. I believe I’ve mentioned it before on here. And now they seem to be playing it more and more. And I’m more and more in love with it. So had to check out what else he’s got and will be purchasing his album at the next opportunity that I have! He seems like the sweetest thing! And his songs are just so cute! And if you look him up you’ll see he’s a bit of a cutie himself! I think I have a bit of a soft spot for red heads since my Dad is …was one (sorry Dad!). So I will let you know what I think of that when I get to it. Watch this space!

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack, of course I bought it the day it came out, a couple of weeks ago now. In all honesty at the moment I haven’t fallen in love with it like I fell for the Eclipse, New Moon and Twilight film soundtracks. I particularly love the Bruno Mars song, It Will Rain. Also definitely love the Christina Perri track, A Thousand Years. Typically. I like the Angus and Julia Stone track,  Love Will Take You, but I do like some of their other stuff better. One of my favourite tracks is Northern Lights by Cyder Sky, it’s really lovely.  And Neighbors by Theophilus London, Turning Page by Sleeping at Last, Requiem On Water by Imperial Mammoth were other tracks that I gave a 4/5 on my iTunes along with the Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version, the original is on the Twilight soundtrack). Overall I’m content, just maybe not as in love as I would have liked to be. I am of course extremely keen to see the film, which I believe was released yesterday. Probably won’t get to see it until next week though.

Last Sunday I managed to get tickets along with a friend to Kings of Leon! Which I was extremely excited for! We both were. And boy did they deliver! They were absolutely fantastic! I had Pyro (from their Come Around Sundown Album) Stuck in my head for the next few days. Though I enjoyed the performances of Use Somebody, Be Somebody and Sex on Fire (of course!) the best. They were so awesome though! Rod Laver was of course packed out which made the atmosphere just brilliant. There is just something so awesome about being in an arena full of fans come together to see one of their favourite bands!

;)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Freedom!


So I’ve deviated from the mission of having at least one post every three days. But I have a good excuse! The end of the second semester has been keeping me busy over the last few days. But no more. Cert IV is over! The studying year is over. And I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it’s been nearly ten months since moving to Melbourne and beginning this Bitter Sweet Experience! But it has been that long! And now, today, I have finally submitted the last of the work for the year, just this morning in fact. Right before rushing to the station to get my ticket to finally go home.

So this week, had class on Monday before interviews on Tuesday. Was a bit nervous, but not terribly as I know I’ve done all the work. I had everything submitted except that last brief that I handed in this morning. So the interview went rather well. Hopefully I can continue to up hold the standard that they have come to expect next year! So after the interviews, and of course it being a Tuesday, despite feeling just as keen for a night in as a night out (I’d spent half the day walking and at the gym) it was time for a night out. Though I also needed to finish that last brief and wasn’t sure how I was going to fit in getting it done. Unfortunately it was raining so some didn’t stay out that long, It was a good night though. But I crawled into bed at 4am dreading my 6.30 alarm in only two and a half hours. And sure enough after what felt like a 10 minute nap my phone started playing my alarm of Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback song. After snoozing some more I rushed through the shower and got ready to go and hoped that the tiredness would ware off once I got going. But sure enough even once I was at work for the first hour I was beginning to get stressed at the fact that I think I was nearly nodding off every ten minutes. Don’t know why I didn’t have a coffee sooner but thank goodness when I did it worked it’s magic and the caffeine kicked in and I was feeling not so almost asleep. Thank goodness for coffee! So I was well and truly keen to go home when 5.30 rolled around. And sure enough once I got home I went to bed and slept until 1.30 am. And I think I only woke up because of this stinging nasty pain in my finger, somehow I managed to cut myself in my sleep! Anyway, I had planned to wake at some such hour, since I would have had about seven hours of sleep by this time. Why? Because I needed to get that last brief finished so I could submit it and be finished and get on the midday v-line to get home. So from 1.30 till about 9 I finally got it all finished up along with this other workbook I had to complete for something else. So total freedom was almost felt at this point. After rushing around packing my bag I had a few mouthfuls of muesli before rushing out the door so I could go and submit my work and still get a ticket and get into Southern Cross in time! And I made it, I managed it! Done. FREEDOM!

Was totally cut when I got into southern cross and my favourite coffee shop, Coffee HQ is closed down along with the newsagents! Everything is closed down there on the Ground floor, all these walls are up and about the place there are signs promising “exciting new retailers”. But all I wanted was my HQ coffee! And desktop magazine as I still haven’t been able to get my hands on the latest issue which must have been out a month by now! I was forced to go without the magazine and get a coffee from somewhere else. And it was really disappointing when I took the lid off and the lack of froth on my regular skinny cap! That’s my favourite part, taking off the lid and getting into that froth. And it wasn’t really there at all. Definitely not as good as HQ! I did decide that since I am finished everything I would treat myself to a ham cheese and tomato croissant, which is divine! Gosh I do enjoy a croissant. All that butter!

So now I’n sitting on the train with this wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Like a weight lifted from my shoulders. Though totally exhausted as I realize I’ve already had more than a twelve hour day! Yet somehow I’m not drifting off to sleep… yet.

It’s been nearly three weeks since I’ve been home to the country. And I am so excited to be going home. Have definitely missed the family the last few weeks. Three weeks is a really long time!

Hope that didn't bore you! Thanks for reading if you actually got through it all!
xoxo

Friday, November 11, 2011

Eleven-Eleven-Eleven

So it's the 11th of the 11th in 2011. A rare date if ever there was one! And I hope this rare dated Remembrance Day has brought you something special and put a smile on your dial as well as given you the opportunity to take a moment to remember.

I'm pretty happy because as you may remember at the beginning of September I mentioned in Where did August go? that I wanted to lose 5kg. So since then I've been on a pretty strict diet, except for sometimes a little break and over indulgence on weekends and plenty of gym sessions. But despite all that after weighing in today I have now finally lost that 5kg! I'm so excited to have finally achieved it! And I really can't wait for my next gym assessment! Which won't be for another week or so yet. But I'm so keen for it. So so keen! So the hard work has paid off! It took a little longer than I had hoped but perhaps it was a healthier pace to have lost the weight in anyway. So there you go! I set my mind to something and I achieved it. And you can do it too! It just takes some serious discipline and will power and you have to really want to do it. But you can, whatever it is that you want to do!

Hoping to get you a bit LINKspired today.

LINKspired #002

SwissMiss posted this Lifecycle video by Holstee and I just found it really inspiring and uplifting so I suggest you view. It's quite gorgeous! Holstee in general looks like a kind of cool site! It's a business that started out with the design of a t-shirt made 100% of recycled material and featured a unique holster pocket.  Clearly into using recycled materials they now have a large range of other items made out of recycled materials! Such as this rather cute and bright upcycled wallet. Worth a look just to admire there innovative creativity!

Designspirtation is full of A LOT of (I'm sure you can guess) inspiringly awesome links to many talented beings work! I came across this poster (or just a card, not entirely sure) that I really like. I love what it says and I love the design!

As always desktop never fails to inspire me! My pick of their posts that shows you this clever crafty paper work to create the design for this arteuparte magazing cover competition. The design is just fantastic! It's by Noelia Lozano, which is worth a look at there work because they make some pretty awesome stuff!

Hope you enjoy those, I sure did!

xx

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Volcanic eruption...

So it's final week of classes, and it's a mixture of stress, joy and a tinge of disappointment that the year is so close to being done. But as it draws closer the more I realise there are certainly some things that I'm glad will be ending for a while! So that's where the joy comes into it. Joy that it will be "holidays". And then there is the stress because I have so little time to do many many hours of catch up work to get everything submitted by end of semester interviews next week. So the lesson is kids, stop procrastinating! It really does just amount to a mountain of work and and eruption of stress to accompany it. But you already knew that! You already knew the volcano you were creating when you let the indecision get the better of you and started that contagious bug of procrastination. So yes, I best get back to it!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Inside Out #002


Inside Out #002


Funny Things We Are

I sit and watch on as hundreds pass.
Pass busily on their way,
destinations of work and appointments, uni and other things,
passing strangers different and alike,
some sharing a common journey,
others on their way in the opposite direction.
But they don't talk, they don't know that person,
sometimes you're lucky if you get a smile.
Humans... funny things we are.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

believe in it

It has been a massive long weekend! Many good times shared with many of the best! And now I think I'm all a bit confused as to what part of the week we're really up to. Is it Tuesday now?


Went and saw In Time. Was ridiculously excited just because I could be. And it definitely lived up to where I wanted it to be. Definitely recommend viewing! Beside the fact that it stars the gorgeous Amanda Seyfried and stud Justin Timberlake and a cast to follow that is of course all rather attractive because they're all supposed to be twenty-five, I just love the concept of the film and the world they live in. It's pretty cool! 9/10 I'll give it. Go and check it out!

In February I posted this quote on my blog (is perfection actually possible?). As it is less than a month now until second semester is done I'm feeling the very same problems mentioned in that particular post very problematic. The quote is so good though, at the risk of repeating myself...

“Some of us (perfectionists, especially) fuss so much over making the 'right' choice, but in life, all that's really needed is to make any 'good' choice, believe in it, go through with it, and accept the consequences.”  Here.

So I better do some believing and smash out the final briefs for the semester before I fail just because I let the procrastination bug eat me before I could make the deadlines!

Monday, October 31, 2011

LINKspired #001

Can't believe it's the last day of October! Ridiculous stuff. Nearly only one quarter of 2011 left!

Anyway, today I am launching another new blog branch which goes by the name of LINKspired. This particular branch will be to share all those cool web things that I have and am yet to come across that have inspired me or that I have found in some shape or form useful and then share and pass onto you to hopefully inspire or just put a smile on your dial! A lot of it is from other blogs that I read. So here it goes!


So if I had an iPhone this cover would be on my wish list.

This new campaign for Alzheimers Australia is pretty cool!

I'm always finding Nubby Twiglet's blog inspiring but this particular post about the Rock N Roll Bride magazine she has done some work with is particularly stunningly inspiringly beautiful!

Swiss Miss is another fabulous blog. This storage bag would be very handy in my household back home on the farm. 

I went to this Junior meet earlier this month and I possibly am in some of these photos!

If you enjoy a bit of black & white awesomeness you will most likely enjoy this place. Shirotokuro.

;) xo

Friday, October 28, 2011

Breaking Winter

October is so nearly over. And once again I'm wondering where those thirty-one days have gone?!

And as I write this blog I'm trying to work out how I'm not dead asleep right now! After a big night on Tuesday with the early start for work on Wednesday which I have not done in a very long long time... Somehow I'm not asleep. Somehow I wasn't drifting off in class today. And somehow I was still awake at even 11pm last night even though I was running 16 hours on only 3 hours of a recharge! And through all of that my mood has been quite good. So I have come to the conclusion that I need to get back into my habits from earlier in the year! And maybe I was just getting too much sleep. Over the last few months I've been a little bit down and I believe it's because of my lack of a social life that I kind of let take over. Having said that my aim of change is coming along, since my birthday I have definitely been a bit more social. The 2011SLASH2012 Summer mission is definitely to live it up and get out and about more. I feel I've been hibernating and it's been unhealthy. So it's time to fix that and shake the winter off once and for all.

My anticipation of the release of the Breaking Dawn soundtrack and film increases as Christina Perri's new song apparently written with Edward and Bella in mind, A Thousand Years has been released. Not as epic a ballad as Jar of Hearts, the song that has sent Christina Perri high into the charts, but still an enjoyable sweet track. I can definitely see it fitting into the film, and I am rather keen for it. Not long to wait now for both! Extremely keen!

xo

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Launching Inside Out

So I have a new branch on my blog tree. It's been trying to shoot off on it's own direction for a while now, and there are other on the verge of also spreading out soon, so stay tuned! But for now I will launch Inside Out. This blog branch will be specifically for the expression of the sometimes boring, often pointless and other times very odd little stories, poems and other bits and pieces of writing from inside of my head to outside onto a page, note or document and into this blog! So here we go! Inside Out #001...



Inside Out #001
The Darkness

The darkness, 
peaceful and reserved, 
but full of scary unknowns,
it has the best defence, 
you can never see what's coming, 
the power to blind your straining vision, 
to put you in a straightjacket of doubt, 
of paralysing fear, 
armless and helpless, 
and the only attack of worth is light.



Monday, October 24, 2011

Four

Finished watching Gossip Girl season four with my sisters this weekend. And I think we're all a little sad that we now have to wait another long while before season five will hit the digital disk! Cannot wait though! It's going to be a long wait. Season four did deliver and leave us with an exciting cliff hanger, though decidedly not as epic as past season finales. Especially that of season three. That was definitely an exciting season end. If you watch, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about, if you don't, perhaps just skip the rest of this paragraph. Chuck getting shot after being robbed was a dramatic season end to say the least. Season four has ended with Blair newly engaged to a prince and about to marry into royalty! What more could she possible want. It's everything she's ever dreamed of. But as usual, a one night mistake holds the possibility of a lifetime changing result! So that will be exciting to watch next season. I am rather disappointed with where Vanessa's character went this season. We are left to forever dislike her as her character slipped into the dark ways that sent Jenny into no fan land the season before. Which is a little frustrating as both Little J and V were characters I used love. Serena is also on the least favourite character list. But somehow Chuck and Nate just keep getting hotter. And Dan is never too hard to take either, though this season did see him make some frustrating decisions.... Anyone would think I was obsessed... haha!

Recently acquired Beyonce's new album, 4. Admittedly I was initially not that impressed with her single Run the World (Girls), but it has grown on me. I do have a slightly biased opinion of Beyonce's music. I do believe she is one of the most amazing singers of this time. B'day and I am... Sasha Fierce are both fantastic albums in my book. And 4 definitely continues to deliver this awesome music that she makes. My favourite tracks on the album would have to be Countdown, Love On Top and I Care. But I can see I'm going to have this album on repeat all spring!

I had my first macaroon on the weekend. My sister is quite into trying new things with her cooking and she decided that macaroons were it this week. They were kind of amazing! Extremely delectably dangerous! I actually consumed the ones in the picture as they were my sisters birthday present for me! How good do they look!? And yes there were some blue ones! Yum!

Just realised there is a theme to this blog that is entirely unintentional!  Have you already noticed it? Not only have I been talking about Gossip Girl season four, Beyonce's album 4 but there are even four macaroons in the picture!

Tata for now!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Very Thankful

Well that's it. Teenager I am no more. My twentieth birthday has come and gone. (Except that I'm going to drag it out for the rest of the week until I see my family back home and celebrate with some more) But it's gone. If I blinked I might have missed it. But it was kind of awesome. I've already had two extremely tasty chocolate cakes and have had some lovely "happy birthday's" sung. It's all kind of a bit cute. Was very spoilt by the wonderful people around me. Very thankful. And looking forward to the celebrations of the rest of the week to come. Maybe birthdays aren't so bad after all...

xo

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fresh Farewell

There we go, finally a banner to freshen up a bit. It's only temporary though. Bigger things to come!

So I have about 26 minutes left of nineteen! Farewell teenage me?

xoxo

One Nine Nearly No More

Sadly I am counting down the final hours of my teenage-dom. Teenagerness is almost a thing of the past. Tomorrow marks the day that I was born an entire twenty years ago. A whole two decades. Twenty years of life experience, though it doesn't feel it. And like some kind of early life crisis it's something that I find a bit depressing. I'm not ready to not be a teenager yet. I feel like I'm in a video game and there is something I've missed completing or forgotten to collect that gets me through to the next level. Missing some xp points. Level 20 is supposed to be pretty good, not as good as level 21 obviously but still promising. So what did I forget to collect along the way on level 19? Maybe it isn't that important if I can still progress to level 20 without it.

But why do I have this irrational fear of getting older? Is it something we all get in the later teen years before we burst into our twenties? Maybe it's just because when I was thirteen, you looked up to twenty year olds as much as you did a forty year old. Twenty is an adult and they must know everything, they know what they're doing, at peace with themselves and have a direction set. They seemed confident and all knowing. But as I have gotten closer to this 'adultness' it seems that is not the case at all. I guess either my thirteen year old eyes were innocently and easily deceived or there is something wrong with me. I guess it's just different, it doesn't feel how I thought it would feel to be almost twenty. I've been pondering about it a lot over the last week. But I know I need to embrace it. I must embrace my age, it is only a number after all. But I can't promise that this is the last of my contemplations of such things. I don't think my liking of having birthdays is going to improve any time soon.

Was watching a repeat of Glee, I believe it is Season 2, Episode 14, Blame it on the Alcohol,  and it's the episode where Rachel holds a party and they all get smashed off their faces and then continue to drink away the hangover for a few days until they perform in front of the entire school at an assembly about Alcohol awareness and drinking responsibly. Funnily enough they are all drunk and then two of them throw up mid performance, (Britney and Santana) but somehow they still manage to pull it all off, the principal praising them on their acting and effects used to emphasise the message. Anyway, still undecided about the messages in this episode being that sound but I was just admiring Britney and her amazing talent. She is my favourite character at the moment. Admittedly I haven't seen any of the latest episodes of series three, I'll marathon it when it's on DVD I think. But she is just so funny. So this led me to come across this video on YouTube of Britney moments. I'm sure fellow Glee fans will have a good giggle. 4:54 is possibly my favourite.

Bluejuice is a pretty cool band but I'm kind of stunned of the daring direction they took their latest clip, Act Yr Age. What do you think of it? I can't help but laugh at it but at the same time I struggle not to be a little bit grossed out! Kind of an ironic song title to be mentioning at this point in tim too.

So this is one of my last posts as my nineteen year old self. I feel like I'm supposed to be doing something kind of epic tonight. Perhaps It will be better to epically break out into my twenties rather than to epically close out the teens... stay tuned!

xo 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Just Dance!

So I just finished watching a DVD I bought ages ago because it was on sale and kind of looked cool. Fish Tank. And now I'm kind of wishing I didn't buy it. Not my kind of movie at all. It is a highly recommended British film but they obviously have different taste over there. So not one that I would recommend folks. Not sure that I really want to rate it. I'll give it 3/10. Iy's just disappointing and frustrating watching this young girl and her actions and the actions of the people around her. But i've watched it now and I know not to watch it again!

Have just had a fantastic weekend at home with my family. We just bought the new Just Dance 3 which is the most awesome fun you can have with a Wii controller. For those that don't know, Just Dance is a dancing game(now way!) for game consoles where the have choreographed dances for a range of songs and he get to dance them, controller in hand to track your moves, and then it gives you a score as to how well you can do the dance moves. That's probably not the best explanation but if you check out the link  you will get a good idea. It's just fantastic fun and when you've got your sisters and brothers to compete with it's even funner. Would highly recommend it. One and two are also great fun but they have definitely gotten better with each one. And don't forget the exercise that you get from playing, and you don't even realise because you're having so much fun!

Also watched a lot of Gossip Girl Season Four, only two episodes to go now! And I also realised that the date I thought the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Soundtrack would be released, mentioned in my Singing in the Rain post on the 29th of September was an entire month premature! So unfortunately I had thought it was out last week but it is in fact not released until the 8th of November. So I will continue to wait for it's release.

Tomorrow another week begins. But it's not just any week. It holds the last few days, the final hours of my teenage years. All about to come to an end. And I'm one of those people that finds birthdays rather depressing. I had kind of hoped I could just cancel the rest of my birthdays. I guess that's not really possible. Oh well. My birthday will come whether I like it or not, hopefully it won't ruin my week. Apparently there is no stopping time. Time that is only passing faster than anybody really wants it to.

xo

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tongue Tied

So I realised yesterday that when it comes to explain to people my life situation I always feel like I have to give them more of an explanation than is probably necasey. I probably do this because I guess there wouldn't be a whole lot of people commonly in a very similar situation to my own. But it's frustrating to explain because in the process of attempting to explain it in relation to whatever the story it is I'm telling I think I always end up confusing the listener and myself at the same time. It becomes very complicated! I'm yet to find a short and simple way to quickly explain to those who ask questions without creating a tongue tied round about answer. It's like I always begin like they know my background story and will know who I'm talking about.... and then they don't and I have to do this sort of round about backtracking to explain. Confused? That's ok.

Right now I am counting down the few minutes left until Big Day Out 2012 tickets go on sale. I'm a little keen to go, not just because it will feature Boy and Bear, Hilltop Hoods, The Living End, Kanye West, The Jezabels, Best Coast and plenty more cool bands, but I'm also just keen to go to A Big Day Out! Fingers crossed I can get tickets!

... WIN!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Semi Fresh Start

So it's the second day of the new term. A semi fresh start. The beginning of the end. The fourth and final term of the year. The final set of weeks. This time last year I was madly stressing about year twelve exams and uni preferences and the results I may or may not obtain and the effect that this would then have on the year to follow. And here I am. A year later, though it feels a lot longer ago now. And I in no way envy the year twelves of 2011, though I wish them all the best of luck! Try your very best, but don't forget that this isn't the end, it's just the beginning!

So with the new term in mind I think it's about time I became a bit more active with this blogging business. Even if there is no one reading it. There is just something satisfying about blogging. So I am going to try and have a new one at least every three days. I'm telling you this because typing it is like saying it out loud, and saying it out loud gives motivation to follow through.

Over the weekend I ended up in Bendigo for a mystery tour in which we were taken to the Central Deborah Gold Mines where we did a tour and went looking for some gold. You even get to wear those cool head torches, making you feel just like an adventurer. Was definitely an interesting and educational experience in which I learnt I sure wouldn't want to be a miner! We also went to the Golden Dragon Museum which was also very interesting and gave us the opportunity to see some breathtaking craftsmanship. Just wow! The dragons and many other festive decorations and objects made for the Easter parade are so beautiful and festive. And then they have a lot of handcrafted artefacts that have the most amazing detail. Many wooden screens featured this handy work. The picture below is some of the carvings on one of these screens.

Lastly we visited The Zone which was absolutely fantastic fun. We did Go carting, laser-tag and mini golf. I don't think I've been go carting since I was about six. And the last time I remember playing mini golf was on a computer game that my brothers and i used to play obsessively. As for laser tag, that was my first experience of it, and I totally want to go back for another round! Fantastic fun with awesome people. Was a great day!

Last night I sat down to eat some dinner and as I was flicking through the television guide on foxtel I discovered that The Lizzie McGuire Movie had just started on one of the channels. I couldn't help but smile to myself as I made the selection and enjoyed the familiar openeing scene with Hilary Duff singing into a hairbrush in her bedroom mirror along to the Atomic Kitten cover of The Tide is High. This smile wasn't just a reaction to the almost silly-ness of the idea that I as my nineteen year old self would sit down and watch a movie like this all on my own when it is entirely aimed at my thirteen year old self. Nor was it because of this particular scene being funny. I couldn't help smiling because along with this movie comes a whole string of memories, like a portal to eight years ago, to my oh so innocent pre teen-dom. Back to watching Lizzie McGuire on TV and then them making the movie and thinking it was the best thing. I love that movie. I remember the frustrations of not being allowed to go and see it at the cinema. And then finally it was released on DVD. And it was not long after we had finally gotten with the times and bought a DVD player and this was one of the early additions to our library of DVDs. It even came in the special pack with a Kim Possible DVD, another Disney show that was popular at that time. Makes me think of Disney Girl and Total Girl magazines, which I definitely had quite a collection of around that time. I always had a thing for magazines and for some reason even though these two were practically the same thing I chose to spend my hard earned savings on buying both of them! A lot like Miley Cyrus is to the eleven year olds of today, Hilary Duff was an iconic and influential idol of my childhood. Though unlike Miley I don't recall Hilary having many scandalous and controversial stories constantly in the mainstream media. Back then the biggest drama was that Lindsay Lohan and Hilary were "fighting" over.... Aaron Carter? Who they both dated at some point. This slightly concerns me, to think that the eleven year olds of today are exposed to influences like Miley as the acceptable and desirable benchmark. Hilary never let me down as a bad influence. I certainly spent a lot of time with my hairbrush in the mirror singing along to her songs. Why Not was on repeat there for a while.

Anyway, I was just thinking of how funny it is how much of an influence celebrities and characters off of those favourite television shows can be when you're that young. But also the connection they can then have to that period of time in your life, as Hilary has on mine.

Just watched this trailer for Young Adult. I clicked on it because I think the cover picture slash poster looks really cool. Check it out! Looks like a bit of a quirky film. Shall be keen to see that one I think. Happy Feet Two is looking like a rather cute adventure too.

Anyway, I believe that is all for now.
Chow for now!
xoxo