Thursday, December 27, 2012

Resolutions

So I know that every year I make resolutions and I don't really try my best to keep them... at least I don't remember thinking, like, "Hey, I really need to do that one thing in my resolution list now." But maybe I get them all done anyway by accident? I don't know. I never know. So this year I'm doing something different. I'm actually going to look back on my resolutions from last year and see if I got anything done this year! *gasp*

New Year's Resolution #1: Try and buy stuff from the Internet. Nope.
New Year's Resolution #2: Blog more often. Nope!
New Year's Resolution #3: Try. This one was in relation with my Junior Certs. It's fair to say that I did try a bit, but not as much as I would have liked...
New Year's Resolution #4: Stop comparing my work/clothes/self to somebody else. Erm, I did compare myself to some people this year, but not as much as I did the year before, I think.
New Year's Resolution #5: Read The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit. I read The Hobbit, at least! I'm going to go see the movie on Friday.
New Year's Resolution #6: Keep Promises. I kept what I consider the important ones.
New Year's Resolution #7: Try and tie loose ends. I'm proud of this one. :)


Well then. That was... discouraging. This year I'm completely wiping the slate empty and I'm re-jigging the things that I would like to read, watch and do, and also my 30 before 30 list. I'm putting them all on one page and I'm going to print them off and I'm going to post them in a wall in my room. SO.

One. Blog more. This year I'm going to do my best to blog every week. It's going to be a challenge as I can hardly even blog every month anymore, but I'm going to do my best. I just want to get more into writing because I'm thinking of doing NaNoWriMo in November. Two. Read more. This year I'm really going to try and do the 50 books challenge, in an attempt to get myself back into reading. I am going to post the books that I'm planning to read each month right here so both you (if you want to) and I can keep up on my reading. Three. Be more organised. Along with posting the books that I will be reading for 2012, I will also be posting my plans every month so I can keep track with what I have to do. Four. I'm also starting TV shows! Get ready for explosions of feels! You can visit my tumblr here so you can see me lose my head as I fangirl. And... Five. Actually try and keep all of my resolutions for once!

I realize that these plans are maybe way too detailed organised but I've lived like a nomad in life in 2012 that I actually crave for structure. SO. We'll see in a year. 

Love,
Danielle.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

What I Got from Santa



Please excuse the not-hot-mess look. It was Christmas morning!









Love, 
Danielle.

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Holly Jolly Holiday Tag

So Kayley Hyde posted this tag on her youtube channel a few days ago and since it's Christmas Eve I figured I'd do it today!

1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until the last minute?
I... usually wait until the last minute. I am a broke underage student so I don't really have the resources to get people their gifts until my parents give me some dough. Also, since I have never been in America for any length of time I don't celebrate Black Friday.

2. If you could be in any Christmas movie what would it be?
Oh I would love, love, love to be in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Whoville seems like a really fun place to be in on Christmas and as much as I dislike any activity that involves any form of muscle movement, I don't think I can resist helping out in the toy shop!

3. Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Christmas Eve. Our family tradition during Christmas is a bit weird, and I don't really know where this tradition came from because I never did it before I came to Ireland. But we get dressed in our fancy clothes on Christmas Eve and have our Christmas dinner just before midnight, and then open the presents when midnight strikes. So we don't really do anything on the actual Christmas day except go to mass.

4. When does your family put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it? 

My family puts up the Christmas tree quite early in the year, although there is no set time in which we do this. This year I think it was around mid-November when we put up our Christmas tree, cause basically what comes immediately after Halloween in my head is CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS DECK ALL THE HALLS.  I'm normally the one who puts up the Christmas tree along with my cousins but since no one lives in our house aside from my family it was just me with a bit of help from my little brother.

5. White lights or colored lights?
White lights, definitely. Colored lights just seem so unharmonic to me!

6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like the surprise?
I have never cheated on my presents! The excitement is what I love the most about presents, really. That elated of feeling of not really knowing what you're going to get!

7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or in Santa's Workshop?
Santa's Workshop!!! I'd give everything to work with the toys and I don't think I'd ever really be bored!

8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions!
I told you already! Haha. We get dressed in our fancy clothes and eat our faces off and then at midnight we open the presents! My uncle is normally the "Santa Claus" who hands out the presents to whoever because he's the eldest and the one who looks a lot like Santa Claus and well, we all look up to him really. And then after that, the old people get drunk, and me and my cousins just hang out!

9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone who would it be?
I'm not going to tell you that.

10. What tops your tree?
A star! Although if I was living on my own I'd say a TARDIS would! 

11. Can you name the 12 days of Christmas?
Erm... 11 pipers piping, 10 maids a milking, 9 pipers piping, 8... um. No.

12. Have you ever gone Christmas carolling?
Yes! I'm part of my choir at school and we normally go carolling once or twice in December. And even before that, I'd go carolling with my cousins around the houses in our village when I was younger. 

13. Do you countdown to Christmas? If so, how many days are left?
No I don't this year. But I did last year and the year before that, and when I was younger and living in the Philippines the count down would be part of the news starting November. I think filipinos in general love and looks forward to Christmas every year and I am sure that's where I got the habit of singing christmas carols by September too! 

14. What are some foods and treats you can count on having every holiday season?
Pancit. We always seem to have that on every occasion ever. Birthdays, Anniversaries, you name it. If you don't know what Pancit is, the only way I could describe it is dried noodles with bits of vegetables in it. It tastes better than it sounds! And also some sort of dish involving pork. Filipinos love pork.

15. How has Christmas kept its magic for you as you've grown older?
I think it's the whole enthusiasm of the family, really, and of my home country. We'd start thinking about Christmas by September and that's just how I was brought up. And it just stayed with me, really. And every Christmas the family gathers and that's what I love about it.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Hardships of Running a Mini-Company

I am in Transition Year, as you may or may not know, and as part of our Business Studies module, we were instructed to manage our own mini-company. Initially we thought of selling clear earrings. Let me explain. Piercings are not allowed in our school, and this is a problem for the people who have piercings because if they can't wear those extra earrings to school, then the hole would close up and they would have to get their ear (or whatever part of the body they have the piercing on) re-pierced. Clear earrings can help with maintaining the piercing while also avoiding detention. Now the only problem is we have to present the product to our principal and deputy principal for approval, and as you can imagine they're not exactly eager for the idea. Plus, the products had to be bought online, and none of our parents were willing to let use their credit card, and our school would not support us either.

We had been working for this project for at least two months.

The deadline for the business company is in the first week of March.

It's so freaking stressful. It just has been taking so much of me and my group mates' time and when combined with other activities that we are doing in transition year we are left with nearly no free time, and no time at all to blog, and I'm so-

Shut up.

Excuse me?

You. Shut up, now.

Sorry but this is my blog, and I can post whatever I want whenever I-

I know what you want though, and this is not it.

...

You would like to blog more. Like you did two years ago. That feeling, remember?

I've lost it.

So bring it back.

I'm scared.

Do it. Blog every week for a year, starting next year.

Every week. You're insane.

And you are too. Do it.

Maybe it won't be too bad.

Or maybe it will. But do it.

I used to be able to do it before, but I don't know about now-

Do it anyway.

...

This is a stupid post, by the way.

I know.

Click Publish and don't look back.