Archive for October, 2011


Good Thoughts

I am trying to install an updated version of Microsoft Office on my laptop, and it is proving very difficult, so I’m not going to have time to write a proper post. I’ll just write my good thoughts of the week, and then write a proper post tomorrow.

Monday: I went to the Argos recruitment event. I think I did well, and I had fun. Just have to wait for a phone call now.

Tuesday: My friend came round and we basically watched films all day. Plus she let me borrow a load of DVDs.

Wednesday: I got a conditional offer from Liverpool University. Just waiting to hear back from the other four now.

Thursday: I got to stay with Ivy in Northampton 🙂 We made Enchiladas and watched Thursday night TV.

Friday: Me and Ivy went shopping. I got a new book, a hat to make her look like Edith from Despicable Me (don’t ask) and series 1 & 2 of How I Met Your Mother on DVD. It was legen- wait for it… -DARY!

Saturday: I presented my maths presentation and everyone liked it 🙂

Sunday: I had a great time at the boyfriend’s house for Sunday Lunch. I even ate a normal (mostly) sized plate of food!

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Last week I wrote a post about making a new, more positive me. I had a plan to be more happy, and I felt really good about it. Until the next day. I don’t know what it was, but I just felt really depressed, and did so for a few days. I just wanted to cry all the time, and did a couple of times in fact. I wrote a song one night when I couldn’t sleep, just trying to work it all out. I don’t know if I’ll post it on here or not. Maybe someday. Then I had a talk with the boyfriend, cried on him for a little bit and felt better. I still don’t know what it was that was wrong, but he made me feel better, and I have been happy pretty much since then, so I thank him for that :).

The rest of the week has been amazing. I’ve had loads of fun with my friends, College has ended for half term, and I am really on top of all of my work, so I don’t have a lot to do over my break. I also asked Charlie to teach me how to practise piano because it was really frustrating me that I was practising every day, but not getting any better. My practising is a lot more efficient now, and I have improved quite a lot I think. I haven’t practised for the last couple of days due to people being round, and then doing a photo shoot at my friends house for part of her Art coursework. I plan to do an extra long practise today though, and then I will get back into the swing of the routine.

Also this week, I have had a reply from all of my University choices saying that they have received my application. I am also one step closer to getting my first job. I am going to attend a recruitment event tomorrow (eep!) and hopefully everything will go alright and I’ll have a job over the Christmas holidays. Suddenly it feels like I’m actually going to have to be a grown up soon.

So, despite the major setback in my Happy Plan at the beginning of the week, I feel pretty good about everything at the moment. I will leave you with my good thoughts for the week.

Monday: My gum doesn’t hurt anymore. Now I can brush my teeth properly. Also, I have finally seen the Phineas and Ferb film. It was awesome!

Tuesday: I had an awesome break time with my friends. For some reason EVERYTHING is funny around them…

Wednesday: I got to snuggle in bed reading with the boyfriend for an extra hour this morning 🙂

Thursday: Last day of school. Need I say more?

Friday: I called Argos to confirm I could attend a recruitment event on Monday. I am one step closer to getting my first job.

Saturday: I had an awesome time at my friend’s house doing our last photo shoot and killing zombies (or not, I wasn’t very good at it XD).

Sunday: I have finished all of my maths homework for over half term. I only have business homework left to do.

The third Stephen King book I chose to read was The Dark Half. I actually read this book months ago, but for some reason or other, my blogging stopped, and I didn’t write the review. This review probably won’t be very long, as I have read a lot of other books since, and can’t remember everything that happened. This is what the blurb says.

Thad Beaumont is a writer. In the not-too-distant past the literary press was full of critical acclaim for his work. Then he hit a period of difficulty with his writing, and he invented George Stark. At first, Stark was a bit of fun, a pseudonym, complete with sinister author biography, under which Thad could create violent and commercial thrillers. But the thrillers became bestsellers and soon Stark was earning far more money than Beaumont, and Beaumont was creating nothing at all.

But now Thad is feeling better. The father of infant twins, he’s beginning to write for himself again. He no longer needs George Stark, and somehow relieved that the game is over, he announces that Stark will write no more. He even “buries” him, with a specially made headstone, for a magazine photo-feature.

Which is all very funny and a happy ending to a lucrative but strange period in the life of Thad and Liz Beaumont. Except for one thing. George Stark doesn’t want to die. Impossibly, terrifyingly, in an orgy of violence, he appears to have returned – a killing machine intent on destroying anything and everything that stands between him and the man who created him…

Despite the best part of this book being right at the beginning in the prologue when Thad has an eyeball removed from his brain, I enjoyed reading this book. The character of George Stark is very brutal with the way he kills (gory deaths are always more fun in my books) and I like the mystery and supernatural elements of the plot. I also liked how the sparrows appear from beginning to end and their final role is quite creepy (I won’t tell you what they do, you’ll have to read that for yourself). Since reading the book I watched the film, which again the best bit was right at the beginning. I thought the book was better than the film, it went on a bit long and I recall my boyfriend fell asleep about half way through.

Sorry for the kind of lame review. My review of Blaze should (hopefully) be better as I only read it last week. It’s a bit fresher in the mind :).

Bring on the Storm

As promised yesterday, here is my post of the week. I thought I would post the lyrics to a new song I wrote, because it links in with my good thoughts. I haven’t done the music yet, I thought I would wait until the band was together. I have some ideas though, which include awesome drum solos and stuff. Here it is.

Bring on the Storm

VERSE 1:

We are like lightning

Watch the sparks fly

We are like rain clouds

Darkening the sky

The electricity is building

There’s static in the air

Can you feel the drumming?

The beat is everywhere

CHORUS:

Bring on the storm

Let the clouds burst

Wash away all the hurt

Bring on the storm

Let the lightning flash

Hear the thunder crash

Bring on the storm

VERSE 2:

We are like thunder

The noise is all around

We are like rain drops

Splashing to the ground

The wind is howling

Blowing through the air

Can you feel it drumming?

The beat is everywhere

CHORUS

BRIDGE:

The storm is coming to a head

I can’t take it anymore

So open your heart

And let the rain pour…

CHORUS

VERSE 3:

The storm has passed now

It has cleared the air

We are the drumming

The beat is everywhere

I know it’s not much of a post, but I’ve only had one day to think about it, so that’s all for now. Hopefully next week’s will be a bit more substantial.

Now to leave with the good thoughts of the week:

Saturday: I have a new film that I love, love, LOVE! It’s Disney (of course) and has the coolest chameleon called Pascal (which is a maths geek out too). The film is called Tangled and is a re-telling of Rapunzel. It is awesome! I’ve seen it 3 times in the last 2 days and have watched all the special features. Have I mentioned that I love it?

Sunday: Liberty liked my song Bring on the Storm that I finished writing the words to last night.

The New Me

It has recently come to my attention that I am quite high maintenance and complain a lot. When I was told this, it made me feel really depressed. Who wants to be thought of as the one who complains all the time? It didn’t make me feel good, and I spent the rest of the day moping (thus proving the point further I should think…) and generally feeling sorry for myself. I wasn’t really having a good day.

I then thought this is silly, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I should just stop complaining and find the good things to think about. With this new motive, I headed into the next day feeling quite good. I then had a really awful day, NOT a good start to my feeling good about myself. However, I am still determined to think more about the good rather than dwelling on the bad. I have also come up with a plan of action. This is how it goes.

1. Every day I am going to think about one good thing that has happened and write it down. (Note to self, find a book to write it in…)

2. I am going to start blogging again. I will write a blog post every Sunday, which includes all of the good things for the week, and anything else I can think of to write. If I think of anything else to write about during the week, I’ll do that too 🙂

3. I will practise piano and drums every day. I’m doing quite well at this already, I have an alarm on my phone that goes off at 5pm and 5.20pm to remind me. However, if I get frustrated at my playing, or other things are going on, I don’t usually play for the full twenty minutes, or my practise isn’t very effective, so I may as well have not bothered. I’m going to change that.

4. I am going to keep on top of my school work so that I get the grades I want to go to my top choice University. I need A*AA if I want to get into Warwick, and although I’m not too worried about my maths, I might struggle with my business grade, so I’m going to keep on top of my work so that it will be easier for me to revise. So far, so good.

5. I am going to practise hard at working on STEP papers (or what I like to call Super Duper Hard Maths Papers) so I get the right grade for Warwick, or so that the entry requirements are slightly lower in my other choices just in case my business grade isn’t quite what I want.

6. I am going to be more creative. I have started trying to write songs again. I’m writing them with the band in mind, so it has stretched me to try and write songs that could sound like proper songs. I’ve written one that we need to put music to, and I am halfway through another. I think it’s good to do something other than work.

7. I’m going to read through the books on my “to be read” list. I’ve recently got back into reading, and have read a few over the past couple of weeks.

8. I’m going to learn to cook. Let’s face it, that’s a pretty fundamental skill which, at the moment, I lack. I can make pie and cheese sandwiches and that’s about it…

9. I’m going to pass my driving test in December.

I may think of some other things, but for now that’s my plan in a nut shell, other than to generally not complain so much.