It’s Monday, raining, pretty chilly, and my chemistry revision is staring at me across the room. But I have tea and dreams of days of the future when I have the freedom to live out this quote, because my world has so much more to offer than I can ever find:
We may only be on the 20th day of this year, but they say you learn something new everyday … don’t worry there aren’t 20 lessons here, just some of the most interesting ones:
Also, I have no photo to relate to this post so I thought I’d just crack this one out again. She’s a beauty isn’t she?!
1) Everyone hates quizes
If you read my post on my goals for this year you’ll know that this is going to be a big fundraising year, and to start us off with a bang, made an awesome dingbats quiz competiton, set out to get people to take part … andddd discovered that apparently, everyone I know really hates quizes. If I didn’t want their money it would be quite funny to watch people’s faces as they try to think of a polite way to say “no I really don’t want to do that, it sounds really dull”
2) Good grades require revision
Wait what? I may have been somewhat distracted over the Christmas period doing things that were much more fun than sitting at a desk writing lots of words, but that kind of means my mother received my grades. Which leads us to the next lesson …
3) THEY EMAIL REPORTS STRAIGHT TO YOUR PARENTS NOW!
Gone are the days of inconspicuously throwing your brown envelope in the bin on your way home. Nowadays, the first suggestion that your mum’s about to find out about that D is that raised eyebrow as she tells you “I got an email from college today …”
4) Don’t bother with planning
Another of our new year’s goals was to be more organised with this blog, so I headed to Katie’s after my last lesson on Friday so we could get some serious planning done. 3 hours later we’d gossiped, laughed, watched vines of Zac Efron … and done absolutely no planning
5) If you’re going to dabble in selfies – go all out
Whilst avoiding planning on that Friday we also amused ourselves by counting the amount of selfies on a friend of ours’ instagram page. 101. Seriously. 101!
I’ve been a bit absent from this blog for quite a while now but I’m going to start as I mean to go on with some new goals for 2014…
Complete a large percentage of our 101 Challenge
We’ve actually done quite a few of them already without writing them up, but I’d like to have got loads more challenges completed by the end of 2014.
Decide what I’m doing next year
Now that I’m halfway through Year 13, as many of you will know from experience or your teachers going on about it all the time, I’ve had to make a decision about my options for after sixth form. I’ve decided to take a gap year instead of going to university straight away and I want to try to do some work experience with children, then go on to do an education degree the year after. I just need to decide exactly what I’m going to do, because as exciting as the freedom of a year out sounds – it’s also incredibly scary to have no definite plans yet.
Be more motivated to do revision and studying
Now that I’m in my last 5 months of sixth form, its vitally important that I get my head down and study… I’m actually starting to sound like my teachers now.
and leaving the best ’til last…
Spend more time with Hannah
Mainly because everyone needs a friend that they can laugh continuously with for hours on end over absolutely nothing, but also because we need to get ourselves a bit more organised with our posting on here. Also there need to be more pictures of our faces in the world. Like this one for example:
Well sort of. It’s pretty obvious we’ve been pretty crap at posting over the past few weeks. With Christmas and boys (*ahem that’s a whole other story*) and mock exams we’ve been having a pretty busy time. But all of those things (minus one, bet you can guess which one) are over, so we plan to be back to our regular posting schedule … we know you’ve probably been pretty distraught without us.
Anyway, that elephant. There’s actually a real elephant included in this story, though it’s not huge or even grey. It’s this one:
(took me ages to balance him on there)
This was Katie’s Christmas present to me. It was meant to be part of a secret Santa but she only managed to keep it quiet for a couple of minutes, and then bought the actual present while I was with her but still, he’s probably my favourite present from this year. He’s also a pretty useful conversation filler as I discovered at a New Years Eve party just after this person informed me of the history of Birmingham’s borough system. Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds. But if you can think of any names for this little one, they’d be much appreciated. Any ideas?
2013 has been a pretty eventful year complete with college drop-outs, starting blogs, weddings, babies, engagements, new friends, old friends, and pretty awesome adventures. I mean come on, we built a fort (look out for that post soon)!
I’m pretty excited for this new year and all the possibilities it already holds, but it’s also kinda scary. This will be the year my friends all go off to Uni and I’ll be left to become fully independent and to move on from how life was in high school. This is the year I’ll gain the responsibility of two more girls to my youth group. And most importantly, this is the year when our Halloween tradition will become really sad, as an 18 and a 19 year old sit and watch High School Musical.
So here’s my personal goals for this year:
Fund raise My Ass Off
Yes, that is the term I’ll be using when people ask me what I hope to do this year although maybe not to my grandma. There’s a course in London on leadership in the Church that I want to do once I’ve finished college, problem being that it’s really expensive. I mean really expensive. So I have a feeling that practically everyone I know will immediately attempt to hide their purse every time they see by the end of the year …
Make it to the end of Year 12
I mean, this is my second time around and it’d be kind of embarrassing to have to do it three times. I’m not sure I can cope with the shame of being 19 and still in the same year as I was at 17. This is probably the most important one, but it’s also the one that will involve the most work, and that doesn’t sound very fun at the moment.
Read the Bible at least twice a week
Because it’s a good book that never gets old
Be more organised with this blog
Actually plan things instead of just fluking it on the day, because that’s how I start to ramble about rubbish that no one cares about
Be more organised with youth planning
Being in charge of a youth group really does require more planning than I’m good at. There’s always things I think I should mention or take them too then realise three months later I’ve completely missed it again. But not this year!
Be more organised in life
See above and apply it to literally every situation in day-to-day life. I feel lists are the way forward.
Do more of the 101 challenge!
Seriously, we’ve done so many that we haven’t got round to blogging about yet! Come on girls!
Yes, let’s just start with the obvious. There seems to have been a lack in posts over the past few weeks. Reason being, Christmas seems to bring out the extreme lazy in me. At the best of times I’m far from energetic but the idea that I have the option of sitting on the sofa all day seems to drain any sort of motivation away pretty damn fast. And who actually even enjoys not doing anything? Seriously, it would be so much more fun to go out and do something, but somehow I’ve ended up on the other side of Christmas without having done much at all (apart from narrowing down the 204 unread posts on Bloglovin’ to 45. Achievement I know.)
Of course there is a rather long list of things I should have done over the Christmas period. January mock exams are creeping up quickly and despite the fact that I’ve been telling myself for the past few weeks that as soon as college breaks up ‘I’ll get down to some extreme revision’, I’ve opened my textbooks three times, at the most. Things will not go well there.
The wedding decorations I made being put to good use as Christmas decorations
But who cares about working! It was Jesus’ birthday and that’s the main thing! We spent the day with my brother and his wife in Nottingham and it may have been my favourite Christmas ever. How can a Christmas not be great when you get a tape measure in your cracker! Highlights included beating thrashing my brother at a game of Checkers, getting Jack Whitehall tickets from my lovely brother, watching my (other) brother and his wife cook their first Christmas dinner together, seeing my dad in a bright pink wig and playing a massive game of nerf-gun-wars with my sister-in-law’s family.
And yes, I’m going to count this as one of my 30 days of thankful because over Christmas Day and Boxing Day I realised that I’m really thankful for my family. That my parents are still happily married and still love to snuggle up on the sofa; that my brother has found a wife who could not be more perfect for him; and that she has opened up a whole new group of relatives that has brought us an even bigger family to love and cherish. So Merry (late) Christmas!
Finally, to highlight that point about loving families, this last picture is one that my dad took. He said he was trying to get a good picture of me but then went on to tell me that my nose is too big and the only way to get a nice photo of me would be if I turned my face away. He’s a charmer. (and a hypocrite, I got that nose from him!)
(P.S. I’ve just noticed, this is our blog’s 200th post! Yay!)
Last week my brother became a Master of Research. Sounds pretty clever doesn’t it. But it get’s even cleverer when I tell you that it’s a Masters in Cellular and Molecular Biology, so it’s safe to say I’m a pretty proud little sister.
Out of the three of us, Luke is definitely the one with the brains and unfortunately also the looks, charm, athletic ability, humour ect. But despite that I’m still pretty thankful for him. Without him, who else would I have snuck into our eldest brother’s room with to rummage through all his drawers (and no we never found anything interesting)? Who would have had pretty violent sumo wrestling matches with me as soon as our mum left the house? Who would I watch Home Alone with every Christmas? He’s awesome and I’m thankful for him.
Here’s our photos from the Clothes Show as promised…
K- We were so close to the catwalk I could almost pretend I was a fashion journalist at a fashion show.
H – Yes that is a pile of wood on his head, it’s fashion alright? Probably inspired by the story of The Three Little Pigs.
K – An incredibly over dramatic dancer who we couldn’t help but laugh at.
H – Ahh Scott. Yes he may have only sang two songs over and over, but look at that face. And his accent … either way, it was only the fact that I refused to go and take a photo of them together that forced Katie to take this slightly stalkerish photo instead.
K – I kind of love him a little bit. It’s something about the Scottishness I think.
H – It took all my will power to run at him and punch him in the face for the Binky drama from last season.
K – I was still pretty excited. I’ll admit I did squeal.
K – I got some free fake tan. It was Medium… I’ve vowed to never use it – for good reason as you can see by Hannah’s hand…
One of my favourite memories of childhood is of Christmas at my aunt’s house where my cousin (who I completely idolized and still do – she’s awesome) took me upstairs and gave us matching hair-dos. High ponytails with a big velvet black bows on top. On a 6 year old that looks absolutely adorable but as I got older I realised that my favourite hairstyle was becoming less acceptable.
UNTIL, bows made a come-back. Fashion and beauty blogs started doing posts on the best hairstyles to use them in, and Pinterest became covered in them. It was awesome. So this week, I’m thankful for being able to bring the bows back out and for my beautiful cousin.
Tomorrow, Hannah and I are going to the Clothes Show. 5 exhibition halls worth of clothes, makeup, catwalks and male models – everything you could wish for in a shopping trip. Also, we now see everything as a blogging opportunity so we’re sure to be taking loads of photos.
It’s getting colder and colder by the day and Christmas spirit hasn’t kicked in enough yet to make you not care about the weather. A Levels are as difficult as ever and mock exams are growing ever closer so I can’t think of anything better than spending a whole day with one of my best friends shopping for clothes in the warm.
Daily Prompt: Earworm
What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?
I’ve had a song stuck in my head all day. It’s the obvious choice of ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”.
I don’t know why – last time I watched the film was sometime last summer, but it’s going round and round.
Why does it speak to me? It doesn’t. It just seems unfortunate that she’s spent all these years as a nun, when the solution to her ‘problem’ was getting a boyfriend.