Saturday, December 31, 2011

End of December Purchases

Hello all of you! I know it's a bit late but here are the things I bought in December:

A copy of a Vincent Van Gogh painting:

I got this one from the Quinn Charity Shop in town. Ever since the amazing (and one of my all-time favorites!) Doctor Who episode "Vincent and the Doctor," I have been quite fascinated with Vincent Van Gogh and his works. This one is called "Cafe Terace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night" and was completed in 1888.This is also the painting Amy Pond and the Doctor based on to find where Vincent Van Gogh is. I know that it's just a copy but it's so beautiful, it's hard to believe I only got it for 10 euros.

"River Song" belt:

This belt looks like something River Song -or any fantasy novel female protagonists- would wear. It's old leather with gold buckles and it's a bit worn (just how I like it!) I got it from The St. Vincent de Paul charity shop.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:

I also got this from The SVDP charity shop. It's a Penguin copy of the Charlotte Bronte book "Jane Eyre." I know I probably wouldn't read this soon (me and classic novels just don't mix) but since we read a poem by her sister, Anne, in my English class, I have been interested on how the Brontes lived their lives. After a bit of poking around in Wikipedia I've learned that they had their own fantasy worlds. Jane and her brother, Branwell, had Angria and Emily and Anne had Gondal. Like To Kill a Mockingbird's Scout and Jem, I find that these children have amazing imaginations and that just fascinates me. Sure, I played with dolls and doll houses when I was younger but I have never encountered children in real life who created their own worlds. 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte:

Another one from SVDP Charity Shop (I swear, that shop has the best books), this is a Penguin copy of "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. I tried reading this a couple of years ago but for some reason I just stopped, like I do with every single classic novel I've read (well, except for The Catcher in the Rye, Alice and Wonderland, and Little Women). Like Jane Eyre I probably won't read this one for years but it's nice to have my own copy.

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey:

This is another book from, you guessed it, SVDP charity shop. I have heard good things about this book in Tumblr and Goodreads but I never really had the chance to buy it. I don't know what it's about either. I'm really excited to read this one because when I looked to see what it's about, the one thing that struck me most is the way it's written. It's quite different from other books. I also found out that this is an autobiography. Double win.

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier:

From Quinn's Charity Shop, this is the "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier. A few of my friends have read this one and they highly recommended it so I quickly snagged the copy when I saw it in the shelf.

Room by Emma Donoghue:

I don't know what this one's about either but I heard good things about in Goodreads and Tumblr and it's very popular, so I went ahead and got it. It's "Room" by Emma Donoghue and I got it from Quinn's Charity Shop.

Shirt from Next:

I got this cute little shirt at Next. As soon as I saw that it was my size I didn't even think twice of buying it. I love its colour, and I'm a sucker for peter pan collars. And it has buttons. I mean, come on, what else can you ask for?

Camera Bag from Penney's:

I've been meaning to buy this bag for a long, long while now but it was only this month that I got enough gold to purchase it with. It's a camera bag from Penney's and I like it because of the colour combination that just screams vintage and the amount of space this bag has. 

Vanilla Ginger Lipbalm from H&M:

I don't need another lipbalm, but this one's too pretty to resist! It smells so good, too. I just love looking at it because it's so lady-like and it reminds me of summer. I love this one so much.

That's all of it! Well, almost. My parents got me a new camera for Christmas! It's got lens and everything! I'd show it to you guys as soon as I get a proper photo of it, but I'm really excited! I don't know what I'd name it, though. Suggestions?

I hope you guys are having a fantastic start of the year. I've got a few unfinished schoolwork that I really have to do so I'll see you guys later.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Quite a lot of people don't like making them. They say that they don't follow it anyway, so why bother? But I like making New Year's Resolutions not because I know that I would follow each and every single one of them, but because it makes me look forward to an organized, perfect, beautiful year. Even if I know that it most likely will not exist. It's like that Looking for Alaska quote, "You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” I know that's not ideal, keeping New Year's Resolutions but... it kinda feels good. Anyway, that's just me.

New Year's Resolution #1: Try and buy stuff from the Internet.

My parents don't like buying stuff from the Internet and I don't either because it's really not my idea of shopping. I like to be able to look at the stuff I'm thinking of buying in person instead of looking at it from a screen. But, having said that, there are a lot of cool things on the internet! Here's some of my favorites:

New Year's Resolution #2: Blog more often.

This year I have blogged less, and I admit that it's not because I'm busy. I have ideas in my head that I can't put down on paper, and some days I don't even try. Another reason is because I have ideas that some of the readers might not like. I know that I shouldn't care what others think because this is my blog and I could put  whatever the hell I want in it, but I do care. So one of my New Year's Resolution this year is to not care...? Eloquence. I don't have it. :D

New Year's Resolution #3: Try.

I'm doing my Junior Cert this year and part of the journey is to revise. I really, really, really hate revising. I just find it... hard. But this year, I promise I will try. 

New Year's Resolution #4: Stop comparing my work/clothes/self to somebody else.

I have gotten into the habit of comparing everything I own -my hair, my clothes, my blog, my marks, my shoes- to somebody else and really, it's getting kind of tedious. 

New Year's Resolution #5: Read The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit.

I have been trying to read this series since June. When I read these books I enjoy it but then after a while, I just stop reading for some reason. 

New Year's Resolution #6: Keep Promises.

I'm really, really bad at promises. And I have hurt a few people because of the damned things. I just want to stop disappointing people. 

New Year's Resolution #7: Try and tie loose ends.

See you all next year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

danielleolavario presents... presents!!!

Very creative title, I know.

It's the night of Christmas and I'm on our living room with my cousins watching Megamind, the fire roaring in the fireplace. We just finished watching The Grinch and it was pretty darn cool (Taylor Momsen was so cute!!!). Anyway, since Christmas is more or less finished, I want to show you guys my gifts, because it's something that I'm really happy and excited to talk about. May I say, it was a pretty good haul this year. Pretty good, indeed.

Anyway, I thought I'd show you guys the first one! This is from Orla, my bestfriend and she really does know me well!
It's pretty, isn't it?
Orla made it herself, and I love her for it! It's, like, the official seal of being a Slytherin. *cheers*

From my Mom:

From my Dad:

From Grรกinne:

Another Slytherin Scarf! My friends are frickin' awesome, OK? 

From my friend Jasseh:

From my friend Kate:

It's so pretty. *wipes tears from eyes*
From my uncle:

My uncle gave me 1) City of Angels by Cassandra Clare, 2) Hunger Games: Mockingjay by
Suzanne Collins and  3) Christmas Magic by Cathy Kelly
From The Doctor (which was actually myself):

Yes, I pretended to be The Doctor so I could get myself this amazing
journal. Please don't judge me.
But it's too pretty!

From my dad (again):

From my aunt:

From my cousin, Krizanne:

Krizanne and my uncle gave me the same gift, only different
covers. But that's OK! I grew up watching Pokemon. Gotta
catch 'em all, you know.

From my cousin, Kyle:

We're watching this right now! (We've finished  Megamind.)
McGonagall: Protect your school! Do your duty!
Me: *bawls*
From the Moran family:

That's it! As you can see a pretty good haul, isn't it? And my friends and family got what they wanted as well so that's nice.

OK. I'll see you guys in my End Of Month Purchases (it's a thing, now).




Friday, December 23, 2011

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Today, my family has finished wrapping and putting all their presents under the tree, and, well, just look:

That's a lot of presents!

Everyone kept saying in January that this was supposed to be the "hard year" and all. Doesn't look like much of a hard year to me. I'm still in shock of the amount of presents under that tree and I really just want to use this post to tell everyone that I am very grateful for the past year. So many (good) things have happened and I'm just really thankful for that, I guess!
  1. I spent the New Year at the Philippines, in my home country. To say that it was amazing would be an understatement. I spent it the true Filipino way. You know, with Christmas firecrackers blowing up an inch or two from my face. I had a great time with all my family and I saw my brother again! And the food, oh, the food!
  2. The past school year had been pleasant. Of course, it wasn't perfect, but it was a comfortable year.  Also, I was really happy with all my results! Fingers crossed it would be the same this year!
  3. I guess I could say that the highlight of my year had been the summer.My cousins finally came over from the Philippines and we has so. much. fun. It has just been such a pleasure spending those 3 or so months with them! We ate quite a lot of midnight snacks, we went places, we laughed and all. I also read so many books over the summer!
  4. Two words: my birthday. My parents threw a birthday party for me as a gift and they let me invite my classmates and friends! It was the first time I myself threw a party in Ireland and as much as I don't really like socializing with people, it was fun being the host for once! It was definitely tiring, but it was also such an experience!
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I know I've only been a fan for a little over a year but better late than never, I say! It was a really, really good end to a really, really good series. I cried. A lot.
  6. I have started posting a couple of videos on Youtube! Granted, I posted 2 videos in 6 months and one of them is for school but that's such a milestone for me!
  7. Halloween was amazing! I dressed up as a Death Eater. It was pretty darn cool.
Those are just 7 of the many things I'm grateful for! I'm really excited for Christmas (I'd post stuff about my gifts!) and New Year. 
I wish everyone a lovely Christmas Eve. 


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Think of my life long sorrow if you caught pneumonia and died...

The She and Him song, "Baby it's cold outside" has been stuck in my head for like 2 hours now and so this happened. My favorite is that dress. It just looks like something I'd wear for a Slytherin Christmas Party. :D

I love Zooey Deschanel's voice! 

Other Christmas-y tunes:

All I want for Christmas by Draco and the Malfoys:

Christmas Wish by All Caps

And  12 days of Christmas by Gred and Forge

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and a happy New Year! 


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Project for Awesome 2011

I'm not a video-maker. I know as much about video-making as the next person. So it was really mind-blowingly terrifying that I was asked to make a project for awesome video for our class. Like, OK, I proposed the idea to the class and I didn't say no when they asked to but it was still scary.
You know what else I'm not? I'm not an interviewer. So imagine how afraid I was when I had to interview two lovely ladies from St. Vincent de Paul! So yeah, the first part of the experience was just terrifying. I've never done anything like it before. The only video in my youtube account was made of PICTURES, for goodness' sake. It was unchartered territory.
Editing and finishing the video was fun, though! It was all so exciting and new. :D Byt the way, I made the video for PROJECT FOR AWESOME. If you don't know what that's about, you can find out more here:

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You can check out my video here:

Don't forget to Like/Comment/Favorite all of the project for awesome videos you see! DFTBA.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Questions for a Bookworm

If you could ask a favourite author just one question, what would it be? I would ask  John Green: What's the story behind Looking For Alaska? Was it based on real-life experience?

If an author gave you the chance to rewrite or to change the fate of a book character, who would you chose?   
Fred Weasley.

   Did your parents read stories to you when you were little? If yes are there any special ones you remember the most? No, My parents didn't read to much when I was younger... they just gave me books... I don't remember learning how to read. Although they did tell me a lot of stories. My favourite one was the story of the day I was born. My dad would tell it in such detail that I asked for it every single night. I also liked their childhood stories. I still do.

What do you like more the smell of old antiquarian books or the smell of new fresh ones you just bought?  The smell of old books. I think that's what time would smell like if we could smell it. :D

You get the opportunity to choose between to secret talents: either to be able to make things come to life through reading them or the gift to read yourself into a book. Which one would you like to have? Read myself into a book, definitely. It would be so much fun if I could go tot he world of Hugo Cabret, or tag along with Alaska, Pudge and Colonel during their pre-prank night. 

  Do you have a favourite children’s book or a favourite fairy tale? I remember the Principal when I was in 1st grade gave me a whole set of fairy tale books. I loved Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel so much. It was the version of Rapunzel where the prince goes blind when he fell on the thorns, and he ran away but Rapunzel found him and they didn't exactly lived happily ever after because the Prince was still blind, but they were together. I just loved it so much.

Someone would talk to your friends and ask them to compare you to a book character. With who do you think would they compare you? 
I don't know... No one has ever told me they remind me of someone from a book.

Tell me the name of a writer who you would like to have as a friend. 
I wouldn't mind being friends with Roald Dahl! 

You can hide in a written down world for only one night into which world do you escape? 
Hogwarts. Without any doubt.

You have to flee to an unknown place and all you can take with you are three books of all the ones you own. Which three ones do you put into your bag? 
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, Paper Towns by John Green and...  probably Stainless Longganisa by Bob Ong.

I got this from herlibraryadventures and she adapted it from Madamedaydream. :)

Merry Christmas, everyone! :D


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Book Review

-Contains Spoilers-

You guys may or may not know about this, but I have not been reading book for the past two months or so AT ALL. It's not that I was busy or I can't find any good books. I just... didn't read. I called it The Reader's Block.

I don't know how it started or what started it, but it happened. I'm 11 books behind on the 50 books challenge. It was SO bad. But now, the virus is gone and I'm here to talk to you guys about one of the first books I've read in a long time, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second installation of the Hunger Games trilogy and it basically continues Katniss' life after the 24th Hunger Games where she inadvertently sparked the start of rebellion throughout Panem- defying Capitol by giving those berries to Peeta, blowing the games up to their faces. In this book, we see Katniss trying to cope with the changes that has happened to her life: being a celebrity, her relationships with Gale and Peeta, not having to hunt just to keep her family alive and more importantly, being the symbol of a spreading rebellion. President Snow doesn't want this rebellion to happen, of course, and it's obvious that he tried to end it by putting Katniss back into the Games again. For the Quarter Quell of the Games, the card apparently said that two of the previous victors would come back to the Games.

I really, really loved this book but I think my favorite part of this book is the character developments. Katniss had developed from a girl who was just trying to keep her and her family alive to a rebel who wants to fight. In between fifty pages we see this change- Katniss becomes stronger and more independent. Her relationships change, too. Particularly with Gale. Their innocent childhood before the games has change to something more complicated and part of it is because of Peeta, who is still head over heels with her.
I also loved all the cliffhangers, especially in the end. It raised quite a few questions: Where is Peeta? What happened on District 12? What is on District 13? How will this end? Will it ever?

Overall, I really REALLY loved this book. It's fast-paced and there were quite a lot of revelations all through-out. I can't wait to read the last book and see what happens. 5 stars.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Guess who's back?

I'm still alive!

I know. I'm bad at this. I'm sorry. It's just that with the Junior Certificate Examinations coming up and everything, I barely have enough free time. And if I do, I'd really rather spend it reading. Also, we had our parent-teacher meeting a couple of weeks ago and my parents were... okay with it. They didn't kill me, but they're not exactly thrilled either. So, the result is that my computer time has dramatically decreased. Even now as I'm writing this, I'm being timed.

Anyway, enough about the bad stuff. I'm here to pretend that people care. :D

I want to tell you guys my purchases this month! I can't decide whether or not I should make this a thing in this blog because I think I just bought a lot more stuff this month than I normally would, for some reason. But on the other hand, I also think I just forget about stuff that I bought. So, anyway, in true WheezyWaiter style, we'll see. :D

Doctor Who Coaster and Dalek pin both from HMV
So earlier this month my friends and I went out (yeah, I know. Who knew we would survive breathing in fresh air!?), and after they all went home and I was still waiting in the shopping centre for someone to get me home, I got bored and went inside HMV and found these babies. Needless to say I went straight into the till and paid for them without even thinking twice.

Bowler hat from Enable Ireland

During that day out with friends we decided to go around the charity shops. We went inside Enable Ireland and saw this pretty hat! I've always wanted a bowler hat (Okay, a lime green one) but I can never find one. So I'm really happy!

Hot chocholate from Costa

Still on the friend's day out, Orla and I got hot chocolates from Costa. It's really, really delicious. I'm not even joking. It's enough to make Voldemort cry.

Scarf and Belt from Enable Ireland

In case you guys haven't noticed yet, I'm absolutely in love with charity shops. They have a lot of cool retro-ish stuff, paintings and hats and, like, just anything that you wouldn't find anywhere else. These were bought when I was out with my mom and my cousin.

Pink and Gray Coat and hair band from Dunnes Stores

I don't normally buy clothes. Mostly I buy books or accessories. But this coat was too pretty. I get this 60s vibe from them. You know, with the peter pan collar, and the round buttons, the a-line style and the shoulders, and the pink-and-gray color combination. So I got them. As for the hair band... do I even need to say anything?

Mug from Woodies
We were in Woodies one day and we saw a mug rack. And this was in them. They're perfect for winter!

So Little Time, The Grinch and Harry Potter Deluxe CDs.

So my mom is the best. She got this from me when she was out in town. She new I love old-skool Disney and Harry Potter and that I was looking for something to watch for Christmas. She's so sweet! :D

Yeah I think that's it. I have a book review for the second book of Hunger Games coming up and we re-vamped our room and I really, really want to do a tour of it, so that's coming soon! You know what's also coming soon? My Christmas Wish List. *hint hint*

There. Will you guys forgive me now? I have three new coming-up posts just for you!

I'll see you guys around.