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As usual, I’ve failed to write an awful lot of blogs, again.  Sorry. 

It has been a very busy year though.  Let’s talk about it a little…

First of all, it looks like I wont make my 50 book challenge again, no surprises there.  On the other hand, I did successfully complete my first year of university with a bucketful of credits and distinctions – so failing the 50 book challenge doesn’t feel like such a failure after all.  Woo!

Second, I almost finished making this sweater that I began and re-began many times.

My Nan who died just recently, the day after my final mid year exam to be exact.  The last conversation we had was how glad I was to be finished my first lot of exams.  The next day she was gone.  She was only 65.  Cancer.  She was however extremely impressed with my knitting and crochet skills, a little bit jealous of my tension even.  My Nan left me all her knitting things and a pretty sweet sewing machine, it has a bunny stitch.  Wish I could’ve shown her I finally nailed the above sweater though.  (I still need to knit the waistband though).  I also wish I could tell her I learned how to knit cables recently too.

Then I went New Zealand – It was

AWESOME.  I bungy jumped in Queenstown.  See!!

I am standing on the edge so long because it got quite windy, the man wouldn’t let me jump till it stopped.

While I was in New Zealand the Final Harry Potter film ever was released.  I saw it in Dunedin.  I didn’t pack much of a costume, because we had to lug wintery clothes all around New Zealand, so I wore this…

Not to mention I fell in love with New Zealand.  I want to live there.  Every little piece of it is beautiful.  Coming home was disappointing.

Then I went back to Uni.  My cat and I studied really, really hard.

And it paid off, which I mentioned before.  Credits and Distinctions!

He was one of the best study buddies I had, open to all the ideas I ran past him.  Although he did tend to fall asleep a lot, I guess he though Contemporary Australian Literature was boring.

And then all of a sudden it was the end of the year already and we were all ‘seriously? ‘what the actual f@$!?’  and I started Summer Session, taking a subject called Australian Literature for Young Readers.   Next week it’ll be Christmas.  But I don’t feel very Christmas-y this year.  I have made some snowflake decorations and made a cute little Christmas Stick.  But the joyful excitement has not shown up yet. 

My boyfriend also bought me the coolest bike ever, it is my Christmas present, but we got them in November.

I hope I find the Christmas cheer.  Missing my childhood.

Happy Holidays people of the world.

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I have been MIA for quite some time.  I wont lie to you and pretend I’ve been too busy to blog.  I have been busy, but truth be told, the reason I have not blogged in so long is the complete lack of motivation.  In other words, I am the laziest person alive.  I have these incredible ideas and aspirations, none of which I follow through.  This time around, I make no promises of a regular, weekly blog as I have aspired to deliver in the past.  This time, let us agree on sporadic entries to this bloggity blog of mine.  This time nobody will be let down. So let us begin again, with no prior expectations.

It is my second semester at university.  I also made a promise to myself, that I’d be more organised, that I’d remain on top of my readings.  I promised to be more like Hermione Granger.  I won the first and second weeks, I really did.  It is now the third and I good citizens of Earth, am not winning.  The unfortunate luck of drawing the shortest straw and having to present the first history presentation has set me very much behind.  This week, I am not on top.  This week, I am swamped, distraught and consumed by panic and nerves.  I need to get on top of this – by Thursday. 

Now for the most important thing that happened today.  This very morning, whilst eating vegemite on toast, on my comfy couch, reading articles about the French Revolution, there was a knock on my front door.  It is highly unusual for there to be a knocking on my door before 9’o’clock in the morning.  So in my pyjamas I trudged to the door, still slightly tired.  I proceeded to open the door and to my astonishment, good citizens of earth, there was nobody there.  My efforts were not in vain, there was a package resting against my screen door.  It was a shiny USPS package.  Which could mean only one thing.  It was at this point that I proceeded to lose my sh*t.  It had finally arrived.  LOOK!

I skimmed through the pages, knowing that I could not fully dive in, to the stories and moments of fellow Harry Potter fans.  Because unfortunately I, attempting to be more like Hermione Granger, was to spend the day studying my head off.  (not very successfully, mind you.)

On to craftier things.  Look what else I got this week!  Guess what these delightful balls of yarn are going to be!!!! 

Also this one below is a sneak peek for Stephanie Pellegrin this is the super top secret pink awesomeness that I am creating for her loveliness.  Crocheted goodness, just like Molly Weasley intended.

Anyway sweethearts, I have to go get ready for work.  TTFN! (Ta Ta For Now)

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First of all if you haven’t watched this yet.  Do it.  I was so excited I cried a little. 

 

I only read two books in June.  I don’t know about you but this literally devastates me.  Although this despicable effort does have a great reason behind it,  I banned myself from any leisurely reading until all my final essays and assignments had been written and handed in.  I did cut it quite close, my final essay was finished around lunch time on the first marking day and luckily my teacher let me email it to her.  That could have been a disaster.  I did get reasonably good marks for it too, so I can’t complain there.

Admin at the campus said all of our results would be mailed to us during student vacation.  It is now week two and I have not received anything yet… I am waiting very patiently.  Maybe I should check online…

Ok I did.  Results aren’t bad either.  Even the subjects that I didn’t really apply myself are reasonably scored, both are over 70% so that my dear = CREDIT!.  I am really impressed with my statistics score – 93%, people.  That is pretty darn schweet considering I practically failed maths in high-school.  90% in literature (I promise I will pick up my game next semester, field of choice) and I am a smidge disappointed in my LALS score, as I really worked my butt off – 87% so I’m really going to have to impress that teacher next term.  But I suppose 87% is a good mark because she marks REALLY REALLY HARD! I need other peoples scores to compare myself.  I need a RANK!

My Eclipse Review

So one of my first things to do these holidays was to see Eclipse.  Don’t you dare judge me.  It was reasonable except for every scene being an EXTREME CLOSE UP!!  It almost made me puke.  Oh and the corny factor, cliché to the MAX! While watching, it brought up those intense feelings of wanting to smack down with Stephenie Meyer.  Ok so it’s a well known fact that the Twilight Saga is horrendous literature, poorly written and so on and so forth, right? Yes. Then later on while watching this… picture below (don’t judge me here either) 

Anyway I give 15 points to Taylor Lautner for stating the obvious ‘I’m hotter than you’ HA F*@#ing HA.  Other than that it was as cheesy and terrible as you’d expect, there were some fun action scenes, nothing amazing.  The wolves were hot, Emmet was hot and Edward was moody not worth drooling over.

It occurred to me, the literary injustice of it all.  Stephenie Meyer, instead of going down the path to greatness she stumbled on the sugar-coated, gooey caramel stuff, where everyone lives happily ever after.  As it is so wonderfully pointed out in Dawson’s Creek, the purpose of a love triangle is, that for every amount of happiness there are equal amounts of pain.  In my opinion Twilight could have been more ‘epic’ had she not taken the weak road. 
Instead of inventing some bogus character for Jacob to imprint on, she should have killed him or left him wallowing for all eternity or something remotely interesting . 

Good stories don’t have happily pukefest ever afters (except Harry Potter, but there was lots of pain and death so it deserved a light at the end of the tunnel) Scarlett does not live happily ever after with Rhett = great fiction, Heathcliff doesn’t really get Cathy = great fiction, Romeo and Juliet do not live happily ever after, Jack and Rose do not survive Titanic together, Gilbert Grapes mum dies! Dumbledore dies!, Dawson and Joey do not end up together (thank god).  You get the point right?  Jacob is the pain – he shouldn’t get such a cop out weakly written crap ending.  Did she run out of ideas or something?  Garrrrrr, I cannot keep going, I will get punchy!

Anyway so I’ve been working on my top secret crochet project which is a present for a baby that isn’t born (jess if you read this DON’T TELL ANYONE!!)
For people interested in crocheting the colours I’ve chosen (pictured below) are Panda Magnum Soft 8 Ply (they feel luscious to touch), colour numbers are blue-4603, green–1385, red–9275, orange-4422 and white-4600.

So far I’ve only completed two sets of squares and have started the third.  See.

If you want to make a blankie of your own Pip from Meet Me At Mikes has some pretty good tutorials.

Or you could check out these super colourful ones from Lucy at Attic24

I love these ladies.

 

 

Last night I picked this back up. 

I don’t really know if I like it, but it’s quite interesting.  Good arguments too.  Tell you when I’m finished. 

 

Pieces of today…

Gnarly Clouds of Doom!

Poisonous Delights

Charlie McDonnell has a new song about Monkeys

Finn wanted to be included, whilst I was outside taking pictures.  Yay, heart him everyone.  We love him.  Well I do.

 

June Book Wrap Up (late much and pathetic)

Radiant ShadowsDead in the Family
 

Books Read in June: 2
Authors Read in May: 2
Radiant Shadows – Melissa Marr
Dead In The Family – Charlaine Harris
Total Number of Pages in May: 651

Now I am going to go do stuff. 

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