Monday, 22 February 2010

Avec l'age on deviant sage!

Right, so I already wrote this post then deleted it cause I didn't like it, let's hope it works out better this time.

I'm about to order books from Amazon, John Green and Maureen Johnson. Paper Towns is on pre-order, but it's not worth the shipping costs to get just a single book, so I'll wait until it's in stock.

I cooked today! I do cook occasionally, but today was the first Monday of the Rachel Cooks On Mondays soon-to-be tradition. I enjoyed it. Created something new as per usual, recipes never really grew on me. Unless I want something specific, like a banana-walnut cake, in which case recipes are my friends! :D


Ah sorry, got sidetracked into googling men's haircuts. Since Blaine cut his hair and Nicole is sad about it, I somehow ended up on google looking for "perfection". I don't know. It doesn't seem to be there. [This is where the above picture came in, the hair's quite nice XD]

Spreekwoorden, Sprichtworter, Proverbs, Proverbes! My mum has a book filled with proverbs and their "translations" into German, English and French. It's quite amusing, and whenever I read an entry, my mind's voice puts on an accent. I have to say, this stuff could keep me entertained for a long while.

Facebook is playing up, and to be honest, I've given up on caring!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The one with the music

Since this has become San Remo week...


I can't for the life of me understand her, but I love it. (thanks to Val for the link)

I just got the whole first album of Nick Jonas & the Administration. My apologies to all those of you who deem it unfit for anyone with even a smattering of taste in music, but I really do like it! Actually, no apologies, I like it and that's that.

Have you guys heard of He is We? Bettina mentioned them today assuming I knew who they were and upon learning that I didn't lent me her iPod for an hour so I could listen to their songs (in Maths). I'm really impressed by them. As of today, Purevolume.com shall forever be one of my most visited sites.

For someone who takes the lyrics of a song into consideration when deciding if I like it or not, I'm surprisingly enamoured by foreign-language songs recently. I guess foreign-language films come next, but I doubt I have the patience for that yet.

As for my lenten no-facebook-before-8pm sacrifice...


I. Am. Dying.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Orly?

Tea & Pancakes
Facebook & Blogs
Books & Friends

Written Letters & Writing Letters
Gentle Rain & Grey Skies
Weird Surnames & Harry Potter

Sitting on the road in front of the roundabout & Wishing it were a protest
Being accused of having suicidal tendencies & Laughing in the face of it

such was my day.

Monday, 15 February 2010

We Are The World

This is what I found today:


Speaks for itself really.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Che meraviglia

Happy Valentine's Day! I refuse to call to day Single Awareness Day because I think it's a sourpuss reaction to a lovely feast day (: And Happy Birthday to Paula!

It's a beautiful feast day methinks, full of love and hope! I think something's wrong with me because I sound like a Hallmark card. How's about a job writing those? Speaking of which, last month Estelle sent me this song. It's in French and I had to ask my mum what it meant until I just gave up and now I listen to it for the sounds.

Quelqu'un m'a dit - Carla Bruni


The version I have is from the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack and it's ever so slightly different, but this way you can see Carla Bruni who I thought was a lot younger.

And then there's this, the lyrics of which I would suggest you put through Google Translate if you can't speak Italian.

Quando I Bambini Fanno Oh - Povia

Basically it's about becoming like children, amazed at day-to-day things that we now take for granted. Things we've forgotten the marvelous nature of.

Yesterday Drea gave me Owen notes to give to Elaine today. I have to admit that I read them xD I'm not a fan of war poetry as such, but it was interesting to read about. Does anyone remember that time that I borrowed that book of poetry from the JC library? I prefer the ancient stuff that had a glossary longer than the poem. By reading them, besides being amazed at the change of language, style and similarity to Dutch, I also came to the conclusion that we don't realise that the people before us had the same hopes, dreams and difficulties as us. I mean, look at what Shakespeare wrote about, love, tragedy, betrayals, confusion, war, disaster, everything we encounter today. And comedy was a hit too, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are proof of that.

Now, to find a Carnival costume for tonight...

Hmm... life is dependent on art and the portrayal of emotion.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

With a cat on my arm, I'm an evil genius.

Yesterday I watched the most predictable uninspiring least artistic film in a really long time, but I enjoyed it because "what you do in your life is only one half of the equation, who you're with is the other half". And oh, how we laughed! We tried to find the moral of the story, and the closest thing to that is that firstly you need to have one friend, a best friend, and he must be a boy. Along the way he will fall in love with you, and in ten years' time you'll fall in love. Secondly, if you apply for your dream job you'll lose out to your archenemy, only for her to be fired a couple of months later and you take her place. Obviously.

The temporary break from the central CAD storyline is beginning to frustrate me. It's bad enough I'm not reading QC at the moment, pfft.

I honesty had a reason for blogging, and now can't remember it for the life of me.

Ah, by the way, has anyone read this apparently scandalous JM interview? Cause the part that is meant to be causing scandal is the most insightful piece of the interview in my opinion. Sure, he could have gone without saying nigger, but then again it was to prove a point. I don't know. I do stupid things to prove points too. Besides, looking at his twitter feed proves he's not a complete idiot and has some sense of remorse and self-awareness. Right, this will be the end of the Mayer-logue for a while so I don't get a brick thrown at my head for fandom.

What would you define as expertise? Recently I got caught out in a situation. I had been talking a lot about something to some classmates, and one day I was asked a question that really threw me off because despite whatever knowledge I had about the subject, I didn't have the answer this person needed. So I began to think. What subject am I ready to competently answer questions about at the flick of a finger? I went through a list of school-related subjects like Maths and Physics and English and Biology, and although on some days I can answer a question about English or Biology with ease, I'm not consistent.
Then there are things like art and poetry. Yes, it's true that I can discuss them with pleasure but I can't say I'm necessarily good at it. I don't devote enough time to learning techniques used, historical associations, social impact or anything of the sort. I'd love to learn, but that's another story entirely.
Then I thought about God. And though I wish to be better at it, I can't even begin to explain. I don't know where to start. My past and my experiences made my belief possible. No-one has a family like mine, and no-one experienced what I have experienced in the last eighteen years. True, we may have things in common, but my parents' views and how their opinions affected me (positively and negatively) are not the same as someone else's. Similarity goes only so far. I can't explain why I feel the way I do about certain things if your thought process is alien to mine. I can't let you feel the freedom I felt when I snowboarded down the mountain the first time and in the same way I can't possibly give any explanation that will do justice to what God has done in my life. But then again that may be the point. Went off topic, mi scusi.

The point is, I'm probably only competent at talking about John Mayer and Nerdfighters if you rang me up at 2am and interrogated me.

Comment with what you think you're competent at, I'm curious! Also, hi to Kelly cause giving her tic-tacs that day brought to light that she reads this (:

Thursday, 4 February 2010

The Search For El Dorado

Since the 15th of January, my wardrobe has come to consist primarily of stripes, blue and red. I think it's some kind of subconscious patriotism... Oma would be proud!

I like picnics!

A word of warning, it's time for another "day in the life of" facebook photo album so my camera will be joining me for lectures and frees tomorrow! Took me a while, but today I remembered how much I enjoy pretty pictures and taking them even if it takes some time to get what I want. Thank you Jamie's fancy camera!
Ahh... Pompeii!

Also since the 15th of January, incessant smile-a-thon. Especially apparent when I walk into maths everyday and smile and laugh and joke and smile some more. I have NO idea why, but it's amusing although I'm getting fed up of whatever my normal laugh has started to morph into. I sound like a pig about to be slaughtered.

Speaking of pigs, Beppe has had some issues with them and their flus. So I stuck my nose up, and my nose being the way it is, I spent some time discreetly getting it back to normal. Pigs remind me of lisps. Lisps remind me of... students on buses. "Eksersisses for HHHHome-work" (work pronounced like fork) and the "HHHHe-mail" that is to be sent to some lecturer.

Training has been good so far, and the projected lactic acid build up didn't happen so we're going to turn our training up a notch. The half-marathon is in three weeks! Three weeks for us - me especially - to become capable of 21.7 km in less than four hours. This, my friends, is a challenge! (Since when do I speak like that?) Anyway, hopefully we'll make it. In fact I'm pretty sure we will even if we didn't train, but to be honest I enjoy training! It's stress-relieving and makes me feel good. A quick google search and my suspicions are correct - endorphins. I (lessthanthree) endorphins!

I know what to do with my hair! It's been some time since I last brutalised it, so you must have been expecting something. :P

Finally, dear bloggers,
Please blog more often. I enjoy reading what you people have to say even if I don't necessarily agree or comment regularly. Blogs were much more active this time last year, the summer slow-down seems to have dragged on.

That, or I'm the only one who doesn't have a life :')

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

This is home, I'm finally where I belong

good evening (:
I was looking through all my old certificates today and figured that I should have continued with all the extra-curriculars when I could have. I was one grade away from a gymnastics certificate! And quite close to having internationally recognised certificates in Ballet, Modern Jazz and Musical Theatre... Procrastination will be the death of me. I'm now to wildly unfit to pick them up again without having to entirely rebuild my stamina and technique.

Speaking of being unfit, tomorrow Elaine, Marie Claire and I start training for the half-marathon. I'm ready to die of exhaustion and lactic acid build up.

I've started to re-read Northanger Abbey. I can't remember the story that well and I'm in quite an Austen mood so it suits me better than Mansfield Park or Pride and Prejudice. Speaking of Austen, I think I'll try find Persuasion tomorrow. I'd like to able to say I've read - and enjoyed - all her books!
I just remembered a Wednesday last year, when Val and I spent an afternoon sitting on her sofa and writing... That was one of the most productive yet stress-relieving afternoons I have spent so far.

I keep thinking tomorrow is Thursday.

Because of a form I'm in the process of filling in, I've been thinking about The Future a lot recently. I have to write my plans for the future in the form and while I'm at it, I'd like it to be:
a) what my plans really are
b) realistic
c) final

Unfortunately, c) is largely out of the question, and a) and b) are irreconcilable. I wish Malta was like America or England or any large country in this case. To be able to apply at many Universities, each with the most amazing and perfectly suited courses for you, then be accepted at one (or more) and get the opportunity to be independent(ish). Live somewhere new. Make more friends.

Life here is not all bad, I'm just craving new opportunities...

Monday, 1 February 2010

books books books! (oh, and I'm 18 now)

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog/fb note so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them :D


1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of The Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell

42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

27/100 I think that's quite a fair amount. I've read a couple of the abridged versions of some that I didn't make bold, so I guess that counts for something too...
Then there's the film versions, and wikipedia entries... Oh, and books I started but was too young to get into, like Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. Goodness, I'm such a nerd.