Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lifescouts | Guitar

When I was thirteen my cousin taught me how to play the guitar and the very first song that I learned to play was "I'd Lie" by Taylor Swift. It only consisted of four chords (D, A, Em, G) but I was still real proud of myself! Over the years obviously I've learned some more chords and some more songs and I also learned how to use a capo and a pic. Good stuff.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Story: The Two Euro Incident

I needed to buy that French book. It was January and I should've gotten it in September, but the book shop kept running out of stock, and every day I had something to do, or no one would take me to town. This was my chance to buy that book and I wasn't about to let it get away.

My dad handed me the money. "Here," he said. "I'll pick you up in about 15 minutes."

While walking to the shop I counted the money I had in my hand. Fifteen euros. I hoped this was enough. 'Books wouldn't be more expensive than this, would they?' I thought.

I entered the shop. It was pretty much empty, except for the sales assistant, and two customers. Three, including me. I walked up to the sales assistant and asked for the book I was looking for. She went to the stock room and after a few minutes handed the book to me. I saw the bright yellow price tag almost immediately. It said 15.95. Shit.

"Um," I started. "My money's not enough for this right now, so can you please wait until my dad gets here?"
"Sure," she said politely enough. "No problem, I'll just put them behind the counter."

I headed over to the other side of the shop and quickly dialed my father's phone number. He picked up after the second ring.

"Pa, the money's not enough."
"What!? I gave you 17 euros, how much is that book!?"
"No dad, you only gave me 15..."
"I gave you 17 euros, Danielle."
We were shouting now.
"No dad, you gave me 15!"
"Well I gave you all of the money I brought with me!"
I sighed.
"I'll call you back!"

I ended the call. When I turned around a lady with dark blonde hair and a dark green parka was standing in front of me.

"I have two euro here, if you want?"
I stared at her, and then at the coin she was holding on the edge of her fingers.
"Really?" I managed to utter.
"Yeah, totally," she replied with a smile.
I gladly took the coin from her hand and proceeded to pay for the book.

"Thank you," I whispered as I walked past her again.

She smiled.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lifescouts | French

I've been learning French since 2009, since it was the subject I took for my Junior Cert Examinations. In first year my teacher was this french woman who was really nice and an amazing teacher. She would make us chant/sing what we had to learn so we could learn them off faster! But then for second and third year we got moved to another class with a different teacher, and she was very, very good as well especially at preparing us for tests and making us learn vocab and just. She was a very teacher in general. She's still my teacher today in IT but I don't think she's going to be our teacher in fifth year, I think we're going back to our first year teacher! Yay.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Don't Break The Chain, Pictures, And Stuff That I Really Need To Do

Guys, I've been really REALLY bad this week... I got almost none of my agenda from last week done and school and extracurricular activities (as well as procrastination) is to blame. I didn't write in my diary AT ALL this week (I might have to use a Don't Break The Chain Calendar for this one, from Karen Kavett), and I'm not finished with The Two Towers yet when I'm supposed to be three days into Return of the King! I need to get my shit together this week if I want to realize my plan!

What I DID do this week is I took a walk with my good friend Aoife to try and get some pictures for a photo competition that we're entering. Now I know I am not the best at taking pictures and I'm not calling myself a photographer, but here are some of the pictures that I took.

I forgot to bring my camera to the repainting of The Drum (typical) but I'm going to try and bring it on Thursday, when it is again happening. We also finally had the election last Friday and I'm glad to inform you that I've been elected as the secretary this year! I'm really happy about it because I'm trying to be more organised this year and this position would really help me with that.

I also have sent my application form (finally) to St. Luke's Medical Hospital, where I want to do my work experience. Well, when I say "I," I mean my mom did, since I was in school. I asked my mom to ask for their contact number but they refused to give any, and just said they would call me "soon." How soon "soon" is who knows, but I really hope they do get in touch with me, or else at least send me a message saying they can't accept anymore people. It's just common courtesy, in my opinion.

I'm doing about a billion things for school and outside school for the next couple of months, so what I'm going to do to keep up with it all is I'm going to list them all down here.
  • Gaisce- The President's Award. For those who don't know this involves young people participating in four different categories, which are Personal, Community, Physical, and Adventure, for 13 weeks. For Personal I'm entering my voice lessons, for Community I'm entering being a youth committee member of  The Drum, and for Physical I'm entering the water aerobics that I have been doing as part of our school activities. As for the Adventure category, the school is going to organise this for us, where we probably will be hill walking/mountain climbing for a couple of days. For more information of this check the website here.
  • The National Career Skills Competition. For this one I have to prepare a Career Investigation report and a Work Experience report. The prices are amazeballs so I really want to do my best with this one. Although, the closing date is in April, so I have to get cracking!
  • AILO Linguistics Competition.
  • Transition Year Short Film Competition.
  • Photo Competition.
  • School Magazine. We're still trying to put together articles for our magazine and we think it's going well so far.
  • Mini Company. We've finally figured something out! As you may or may not remember a couple of posts ago I've been ranting about how hard it is to manage a mini-company, and after so many weeks of being stuck, we've finally found a way to go through with it. *cheers*
  • Royal Irish Academy of Music Exams.
Phew. Long list. I'm exhausted, as you can imagine, but this makes me so happy because it means that I'm not spending all day on Tumblr, or watching YouTube videos.

Agenda for next week:
  2. Finally finish The Two Towers. Please Danielle please.
  3. Accomplish at least one part of one of the things listed above. Get busy.
Okay that is all. Now I'm going to call it a day because I'm tired as hell. Goodbye!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

18 | Buy that practical thing you never get around to.

At the start of every year, Sarah Rooftops makes a list of a bunch of things we could do every week in the year. I decide to actually do some of them this time around and this is the first one I got done!

18 | Buy that practical thing you never get around to.

I have a calendar for my room at last! It's a calendar featuring Volkswagen Camper Vans and I love them so much (the vans). I would like to get one sometime and go on a roadtrip with it! Kind of like what Elizabeth of DelightfullyTacky did some time ago. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Audio Books, Runes, and YouTube Things

I have finished reading The Fellowship of the Ring! It was amazing, of course. Tolkien has a way of telling a story and it just sucks you in and makes you believe in that story. Like you're a child and you're listening to your grandfather tell you stories about his childhood. Anyway I've started reading The Two Towers and the other day I was kind of not in the mood for reading, but I still wanted to get through about 50 pages so I can be on track. So what I did was I went to look for an audio book of The Two Towers on YouTube  and that's how I found this. Just give it a listen.

Come on, just give it a listen! Even if you listen for just the first few minutes. Just. Up until Aragorn shouts. Go onnnn. It's amazing, you guys. It's amazing.

This is, by far, the most wonderful audio book I have ever listened to! I don't know if most audio books are like this because I don't really listen to audio books too often, but the sound effects, the sound track, and the voice acting (I mean I don't know is that what you call it) on this one just makes it one of kind. It really enhances your reading experience and helps you paint a better picture of the events in the book! I can't wait to listen and read the rest of the book, gah I'm just so excited.

Speaking of The Lord of the Rings, I finally did last night something that I have been wanting to do for SUCH a long time (please get your mind out of the gutter :D): to figure out the dwarvish style of writing. Well, you know, according to Tolkien. I have come up with this, and please tell me, if there is any Lord of The Rings fans out there, if I did anything wrong:

In other news, this week, we're repainting The Drum Youth Centre, which I am in the Youth Committee of. I've never really done any kind of painting before because usually when we're repainting the house or my room, we'd get a person to paint it, or my dad, so I'm really excited for this! It's happening on Tuesday and Thursday, and if anybody of you guys are living near or in Kilkenny be sure to pop by and say hi, or do some painting yourselves!

Also if you watch Alex Day or Nerimon on YouTube  you may or may not have seen the video that he has put up about Lifescouts. Basically, it's inspired by the Boy Scouts idea of getting badges for doing a particular thing, you reblog the badge that you have earned on tumblr and you share the story of how you got that badge! Head over to the Lifescouts tumblr to see the badges and if you have earned anything. I'll be putting up a Lifescouts page in my blog in the next few days or so too.

There is also a video meme going around in YouTube about Self Image and me and my friend Kate of insearchofthought are thinking of doing it ourselves! We're not quite sure yet how we'll work ours out or if we're even brave enough to do it, but we have made it a commitment already and there's no backing out now! It may take a couple of months but we're definitely doing it at some point!

Okay now let's review last week's Agenda:
1. Finish The Fellowship of the Rings, and start The Two Towers. I did this! I'm proud to say! It took me ten days to read it and I'm halfway through The Two Towers right now, thanks to the aforementioned audio book. (Helm's Deep is the best chapter so far!)
2. Write more in my Diary. Umm...
3. Print out and maybe send the application form! Tomorrow, I promise!
4. Finish schoolwork that I have to finish, e.g. the school magazine, the debate in Irish, etc. I DID THIS!

This week's Agenda:
1. Write more in my Diary. As usual.
2. Print out and maybe send the application form!
3. Finish The Two Towers and start The Return of the King.
4. Plan what I will say for the Self Image video.

That is all that I will say for the moment! I'll be quite busy this week and I don't want to be over-ambitious about the Agenda. I hope you all have an amazing week and I will see you all next week!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pirates of the Carribean, Lord of the Rings, and Soap that look like Shells

Hello everyone, and welcome to the second week of 2013!

2013 is treating me well so far. Me and my friends had a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon and it was amazing! I've never seen any of the Pirates of the Caribbean before (please don't shoot me) so it was a very new experience for me. I watched them with people who can literally quote all throughout the movies (they didn't when we were watching)! I enjoyed the night very much but we all fell asleep on the fourth film, On Stranger Tides. All but one, that is. Kate of insearchofthought stayed up until 5 minutes before the movie ends, when the movie stopped buffering and refused to continue. I think we did very well considering the length of those films though, and I will definitely get a copy of On Stranger Tides and finish it myself.

The whole reason why we organised this over Christmas is because my friend Aoife, whose house we held the sleepover, finally got my Kris Kringle present over Christmas and she wanted to give it to me! She actually ended up giving me two presents because when her original present for me did not come before Christmas, she made me a present herself!

Loooook you guys! Aren't they amazing? These soaps were handmade by Aoife and they smell gorgeous! They look so mysterious too, all thanks to the dark blue colour and the shell shapes. It reminds me so much of Pirates of the Caribbean.

But look at her original present for me!

My wall has never looked so pretty!
I've been wanting to get one of these posters for so long! To those who don't know this poster was made by nerdfighter Mei from Malaysia, and it quotes probably the most famous quote from John Green's book, Looking for Alaska. If you want to see more of her work head over here! It's the best present I received this year, I think, so thanks Aoife!

As for my goals this week, some happened and some didn't. Let's review.

1. Read The Fellowship of the Ring. This happened! I'm still not finished though, but if I read an awful lot tonight and tomorrow then I'd be finished probably by tomorrow! I have a double free class tomorrow, or so I'm hoping, and I'd use most of that time for reading.
2. Write in my diary. This happened to some degree.I did write in my diary a lot, but not every single day, as I had stuff on like that Pirates of the Carribean marathon, and also reading the Lord of the Rings a lot.
3. Write an application form. This happened, I'm proud to say!
4. Watch episodes 1-14 of Supernatural. This was a bit of a failure. And for a number of reasons. One is because my parents took my laptop away and because of that couldn't watch it, obviously. And Two is because... I don't know if I like it. (Now I'm going to run as the Supernatural fandom tries to kill me.) Let me explain. It's brilliant. The acting was brilliant and the storylines were amazing, but I'm just not the biggest fan of the thriller/horror genre. I'm a bit of a coward with those things. I mean I only watched two episodes and I think I'm forever scarred. So... I think Supernatural is a no-go for me. I'll just have to accept that I will never be part of all of the Big Three (Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock).

Agenda This Week:

1. Finish The Fellowship of the Rings, and start The Two Towers!
2. Write more in my Diary
3. Print out and maybe send the application form!
4. Finish schoolwork that I have to finish, e.g. the school magazine, the debate in Irish, etc.

And that's about it you guys! As I've said the first week went by splendidly for me and I hope it did for yours too. I'm going to go now, I've got an awful lot of reading to do.



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Week One of Blogging Every Week in 2013

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a great New Year's Day. Mine's so far so good, although I did spend the turn of the year in my room, alone, drinking coke, and on tumblr. I mean I'm not really complaining, beats having a hangover!

So this is the beginning of blogging every week for a year. I know blogging every week is not much for a lot of you guys but I've kind of lost my, er, zen, for blogging in the past couple of years. So this year I am going to try and change that! Hopefully I succeed. Gosh.

Anyway as I've said New Year's Eve was pretty uneventful. In the Philippines the streets are the noisiest they'll ever be in the year, firecrackers litter the streets making it seem like the place is a warzone (there was even a fire on the other side of the wall of my Friend's backyard. Seriously.). And I know it's not really fair to compare the Evening in here to the Evening in the Philippines, but we didn't even light lusis this year! We had dinner with my cousins and they all went home before midnight, so I literally was alone when the clock struck 12.

I know it might not seem like a big deal but this is the first time I've been alone on the midnight of the New Year, and I don't like it. When I saw that there was a minute left in my 2012, this sick feeling crawled into my stomach, the one I used to feel a lot when I first moved in here. I drowned it with coke.

I miss Home.

But enough with the sad stuff! Today is the first day of 2013, which I'm sure is going to be the best year so far. My agenda for the week are as follows:

1. Start reading the Lord of the Rings! If I could finish Book 1 before next Tuesday, that would be great.
2. Write in my diary every single day this week. And also the next week. And the next. And the next. And the next...
3. Write an application letter for my work experience! I want to have a placement on a hospital/clinic somewhere as I'm planning to be a doctor, so I have to send in my application as early as I possibly could. I've already found a workplace for the first week, however. It's in a local bookshop! *geeks out*
4. Watch episodes 1-14 of Supernatural, if at all possible. I may have cheated a bit and saw the Pilot already. Scared the crap out of me. I don't know how I'm going to survive.

And those are my assignments for the week! Here's hoping I'd get them all done. I will talk to you all next Tuesday! (or maybe earlier, who knows.)


P.S. Me and my cousin Krizanne has started a fashion blog over at Make sure to check it out!