Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone!
I hope that you all have not forgotten me! I'm sorry for being quiet for months. I just haven't been feeling very blogger-ish for a while and had no inspiration. Also, since secondary school started, it takes up most of my day. When I'm not doing homework, I'm practicing archery and it  takes up the rest of the day and by then I'm too tired to write any blog posts. The same thing happened with my FanFiction stories...I've abandoned my characters for a long, long time and I think they've all been feeling so lonely, as I'm sure you guys were too! This is just a random quick update to show you guys I'm still here!
So how are your Christmases going? What presents did you all get?
Personally, I asked for Prismacolor Pencils but they were ordered and didn't arrive yet :( so I guess that it's a sort of a late Christmas present. :)

I guess I don't have much else to say.
Actually, wait, I do!
I made a new blog, which is about my artwork. I made it as a blog for my Instagram art profile, @mini_artworks. If you guys could check it out, it would mean the world to me! :)

Merry Christmas to you all!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Help with Homework?

Hello everyone!
Since I moved on into secondary school, I always come home with piles of homework to do, and it's not always easy to keep it all organised and to know what's due when and how much I still have left to do. Although I have a homework journal, sometimes it can be hard to know what you still have left to do and you can easily miss something by accident. So, to prevent those heart attacks when you realise you forgot to do your homework, I came up with a very simple solution, and here it is:
You will need:
  • A small whiteboard.
  • Whiteboard markers (NOT PERMANENT!)
To do:
  • Get a very simple, small whiteboard that you can stick on your wall or somewhere around the house. This does not have to be any bigger than an A4 page. Also, grab some whiteboard markers in a few colours, preferably 5 or 6.
  •  Divide your whiteboard into 3 columns, making the middle sections much larger than the other two at the side.
  • Now, draw horizontal lines, dividing the columns into boxes. Make sure there are enough boxes to fit ALL of your subjects. For example, I have 10 subjects that give homework, so I have ten rows, three boxes across each. Leave a space st the very bottom of the board, this will be used for colour coding.
  • Label the boxes on the left hand side with your subjects. Example: English, Maths, History, e.t.c..
  • On the right hand side, take note of the names of books you have for each subject. This should afterwards be used to fill in the books that you need for that subject's homework.
  • Now, lets work on the colour coding. Using your markers, work out what colour you want to use to mark how many days you have to do a certain piece of homework. My colours work like this:
Red = it's due tomorrow.
Pink = I have two day to do it.
Green = Three days to do it.
Blue = Four days to do it.
Purple = Next week.
Black = 2 weeks+ .
  • When you get set homework, write it down in the middle section of the board, using the correct colour of marker. For Example: If my Maths homework was due tomorrow, I would put the homework down in the middle section with a RED marker. This can help prioritize your work.
  •  Mark down ALL of the work you have, including learning work, which is very important. Rub it off as you finish it, and so lightening your load!
If you don't have a whiteboard, you can always use a small piece of paper, but make sure that you don't lose it. Keep it somewhere safe so that you can keep coming back to it and marking off the work.
I really hope that this helped you all if you are in school, and that I explained it clearly enough! I know that this helped me so much when I nearly forgot what I had left, and even missed parts of it.  Let me know what you thought of this little method, and if it helped you at all! :)
See you all next time! :D

Monday, 23 September 2013

A Question...

Just a quick question for you all.
My friend told me that she could not post any comments on my posts since I changed the look on my blog. We sent each other screenshots of my blog, and sure enough, her 'Add a Comment' button is missing! She also said that the whole sidebar of my blog where my 'Blog Archive' and the 'Tag Cloud' and everything like that is gone too. I was wondering if any of you were having the same problem? It's awful to think that my readers can't post comments.
Maeve said that it might only be her computer, but now that I'm worried, I just need to check!
Thank you all so much!! :)

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Happy Hobbit Day!

Hello again everyone! :) I wasn't expecting another post this soon either, but here it is for you to enjoy!
Today is a wonderful day for the whole Lord of the Rings fandom. It's September the 22nd, the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins! I know that many fans will be celebrating today, in their own ways. If you want to participate too, here are some great ideas that I hear people are doing:
  1. Host a party! Invite all of your friends and family, play hobbit games, serve a lot of Shire-like food, and give out mathoms! (small presents that Hobbits give at birthday parties.)
  2. Dress up! Or don't, depending if you want to look like a hobbit, or if you want to look like a hobbit with no shoes.
  3. Bake! Hobbits love food. So why not make Bilbo a cake? (No one says you have to share it afterwards, by the way!)
  4.  Have a Movie Marathon! This is a popular choice, because the very scene of Bilbo's and Frodo's birthday is portrayed in The Fellowship of the Ring. All you have to do is watch all the movie that came out so far (both LotR AND The Hobbit), and cry because Desolation of Smaug isn't out yet. 
This should be enough to get you all started! :) How are you all going to celebrate? Any more ideas? I don't think I'm going to do anything exotic, maybe walk around barefoot and in a hobbit-like dress - that's probably it.
Anyway, see you all soon! :D
Happy Birthday Bilbo and Frodo! :)

Saturday, 21 September 2013

School Starts (27/08/2013)

(This was written the Saturday after Tuesday the 27th of August :) ) Well, hey there everyone! Great to see you all again so soon. I was meant to write something on Tuesday, but then I just felt so tired, and I needed to take a rest. Because of the very topic about which I'm writing today!
Tuesday was a really big day for me. It was like a milestone in my life, because I (finally) seemed to grow up! I started secondary school.
So exciting, right?
Anyway, we were in for about two hours. It was great fun! First of all, we were sorted into two classes, 1 Ash and 1 Oak. Trees? Well, they said they picked them because they were both beautiful trees and because they grow and just like our lives and ourselves through secondary school. Something like that, I forget the exact words. Secretly though, I think they picked it because they could be wood elves. That would be awesome!
Did you hear that everyone? I'm officially a tree.
Yes, so, moving on...
We got these timetables, which were the most confusing part of our day. For example, everyone picked different subjects for....the ones you had to pick...and now no-one knows which subjects are on that time in the day, so you could come into Art all set for Business Studies, and walk into Business Studies with your cookbook or something. That's how crazy it is!
Hopefully I didn't just confuse you all with that part, because to be honest, I'm pretty confused myself.
Yes, well the next part was making friends!
I made three new friends almost straight away. Gabriele, Zara,Claire and Zoe were really nice to me, and I saw both Claire and Gabriele in the uniform shop in the summer. Now we are in the same class, so I'm really happy!

Sorry guys that this was so's been keeping me busy, and so had everything else apart from it. I will start blogging a bit more when I can, but now that school has fully started, don't expect my posts to come very often, and they probably won't be as big as usual too!
Bye everyone! :)

Friday, 23 August 2013

10 Things to do in Mirkwood

So...imagine you are in Middle-Earth, or more specifically, Mirkwood. Here are ten things that I would do while I'm there.
I love this picture.... :D

1. Try elven archery.
2. Check if Legolas' hair is a wig. If not, check again. If yes...pretend you're him (hair and all included)!
3. Walk on the Forest Path, following in the footsteps of Thorin and Co.
4. Discover chocolate, and bake chocolate-flavoured lembas bread!
5. Have a portrait made of me beside the Orc chief, just to prove I survived.
6. Hide Legolas' bow and observe the consequences.
7. Pretend you're a cat, glue fake claws to your nails and imagine that Thranduil's belt buckle is a sparkly bug. Run.
8. All aboard the party elk!
9. Have a conversation with a Giant Spider.
10. Introduce the elves to modern-day music. Cover your ears.

Wow, I have absolutely no idea where I'm going with number 8, but  I had to put it down. It was absolutely necessary! If anyone has any more they would like to include, feel free to write it down in the comments section! :)

Monday, 19 August 2013

Responding to Letters #1 2/2

Hello there!
I'm back with the second part of Responding to Letters #1. As usual, I will omit some parts of the original letter so the sender's privacy will not be disclosed. The quotes that I do take, however, are not altered in any way, apart from some spelling corrections. Please enjoy this part, and let me know what you think of it!
My inserts are in bold font.

Sender: Anie
Date received: Monday, 12th of August, 2013.
Last Revision Date: Wednesday, 14th of August, 2013.

"We went on a scavenger hunt one day, where we rented bikes, cycled to town and looked for something with every letter of the alphabet and took a picture of it - A for apple, B for bag."  Oh, I love scavenger hunts! In my school, we had a Friendship Day scavenger hunts where the teachers got us to search for letters hidden around the school and school yard, and then unscramble the letters to make a word. Even though we knew that the letters always spelled "friendship", it was good fun to look for them with a partner.
"When we went horse riding I had a sandy coloured horse with a strange Hungarian name. I think it was Chua...?" I'd love to go on a horse named Chua. That name reminds me of Chewits, and they used to be my favourite sweet until I came across this lovely Russian chocolate sweet, or which I forget the name. It was covered in chocoalte and had a delicious nut on the inside. "I was in a room with six other girls, because there were only seven of us that actually went. I got along well with all of them, but I just stuck around with the lads. But going back home, you were right about Jess." Really? Hm, that's news! For those of you that don't know Jess was a girl I just didn't like much. I won't go into details because that would take far too log, and probably not very interesting anyway. "But one good thing did come out of it, she's the reason I became friends with Olga. She was adopted from Russia, and she's really sweet." Aw, I'm from Russia! I moved to Ireland with my parents when I was about seven and lived here ever since. Sometimes I miss Russia, but mostly I have far too much fun here to want to move back! "She has a grey and white cat named Wispa. He's a vicious little thing. but he's alright when you get to know him."Having five cats myself, I know what it feels like having one little arrogant cat. Gammi has the most annoying meow which sounds something like this: "MMMMMneeeeaaaaowwwrrr!" Hopefully I didn't just burst your eardrums while you imagined what must have sounded like. Let me tell you, horrible.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Responding to Letters: #1 1/2

This post is quite different to all my usual ones. In these sort of posts, I will take quotes from letters (not emails, just letters on paper) and respond to them, and let you know much more about myself. The aim is to let you, my readers, to find out  So.. here we go! My insert is in bold font. Also, I left some things out from the letter, so I won't give away any private information about my friend. Hopefully you won't be too confused! :)

Sender: Anie
Date received: Monday, 12th of August, 2013.

"Dear Vee,
Hi! How have you been?" Awesome, thanks! "Please excuse my writing, I never did have the steadiest hand. Haha, I just realised how posh that sounded!" Oh, that's fine. I always write letters like that, to make it sound as if I was actually somewhere near normal or something. "Anyway, how has your summer been? Go anywhere nice?" Em, I went to an awesome robot-building summer camp, a tour around Dublin with my mum, to archery classes...not anywhere abroad though. "I went to Budapest with the Scouts and met one of my best friends." That's so cool! I want to go to Budapest sometime, and I've always wanted to join Scouts. I'm not quite sure why I didn't so far though. "We went ziplining," I love that! I did that for my birthday party too, and I still have to publish the post with the video and all. "canoeing, horse riding, cycling, went to the water park and went to the pool on lazy days. I have a major fear of heights, if you remember, and I was terrified!" Wow, we're so alike. I used to be paralysed with fear if I came across anything taller than me. After the first time I went ziplining though (which was an exhilarating event, by the way!) I lost my fear. "The first thing I said getting off the first zipline was 'I didn't die!' It was amazing!" You are so, so right. Have any of you ever gone ziplining? If you haven't then you should go as soon as you have a chance because it is a truly amazing experience! "On the third day, we canoed 2.5km down the River Danube to a camp site, and the next morning 2.5km back!" Wow, that seems like a long journey. I'm fine with walking that distance, but canoeing...I might try that sometime. "The water park we went to was out doors, and had really cool water slides and loads of them! We went to the diving boards then my friends and I went to get some pizza in the café. Then we went on a slide which everyone called the washing machine because you go down the slide into a whirlpool and another slide." I want to go to this place now...I love visiting other countries in general, and I get loads of souvenirs from them. I got loads of free stuff in Egypt a few years back, like two of my wooden cat collection, a turtle necklace, and two papyrus bookmarks. Such an awesome place, but it was SO roasting, that I was sweating in shorts in the shade there....

Well, I think I will leave it at that for now, I think it's getting a bit long. I will respond to the rest of this letter in the next post, Responding to Letters: #1 2/2.
I hope you enjoyed this, and I will see you all soon! :)

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

What Can You See on the Horizon?

Ow! My feet are very sore, due to a day (last Wednesday, to be precise) spent by walking along a cliff, on a very scenic route. The Greystones cliff walk is a gorgeous trek across the edge of the Irish sea, and takes only about four hours, from Greystones to Bray, about 6-8 kilometers away.
The wildlife is plenty there, and some very remarkable spots are hidden in the lush green hills, behind the edge of the cliff, and even on the path. Because it was a warm day, there were many people there, including - I was very surprised at this - my school secretary. It was quite weird, to stop and talk to a person I knew only barely, and that I rarely saw in school anyway, and know that they remembered you still as the person who came third in the Eason Spelling Bee in Dublin, and the girl that painted 'The Sunflowers' in fourth class. Wow.
Anyway, after what felt like a long time, we stopped and sat down for a small snack. My mum and granny brought sandwiches, tomatoes, cucumbers and variations of ham, and even some juice to go with it. We carried it all the way to the spot!
One of the places I remember most clearly is the old railway crash place. I'm really sorry that I can't remember the proper name of the place, but there's really only one place there like that, I think. Anyway, a lot of years ago, the railway tracks crossed a bridge there, but the bridge collapsed when the train was passing by on it. The tracks were averted from the place from then on, but you can still see the remnants of the old bridge, crumbling away into the sea, and I got some lovely photos of it. I also got some great photographs of the sea, the cliffs, the sea, more of the sea, and some butterflies and flowers...but mostly the sea.
I saw a boat on the horizon.
And a lot of birds. What was the most interesting thing any of you saw in the sea? :)
Very sorry, but I will upload the pictures sometime later! I just wanted to get this post out. The photos will be up in the next few days. :)

Thursday, 25 July 2013

At the Zoo!

A nice day at the zoo is great - and we went to no other than Phoenix Park. It was fabulous! There were awesome animals there. We saw awesome tigers, cool seals, shy snow leopards, puppy-like grey wolves, a flamboyance of flamingos, gorgeous red pandas and many other animals besides. It was a fabulous day to spend with my mum, granny and best friend, Maeve. To get to the zoo, we went by tour bus - we wanted to show my Granny the city, and take a trip to Phoenix Park. Luckily it didn't rain (like today) and it was quite warm, so we really enjoyed the day out.
We also got ice-cream there and it was lovely (all of my scoops had some variations of chocolate and since Maeve doesn't like chocolate ice-cream, we were opposites.) I got mint chocolate, triple chocolate, and vanilla chocolate cookie ice-cream. Total choc-a-holic.
All in all, it was a great day out and what made it all the more sweeter was the fact that we had a sleepover straight after! Maeve and I had a fabulous time, laughing, writing stories and watching TV and doing other hilarious stuff. I took a few photos at the zoo too, and my mum took some photos of us on the tour bus, our hair flying out behind us because it was going so fast!
We were at the back of the bus too, so the people behind us would just be able to see some random hair from the second floor of the open-top bus. Ah, crazy times! :)

Aaaannd...we're back.

Great. It's lashing rain outside again, and it hasn't even been too long! I think Ireland is a magnet for bad weather, because rain storms come far too suddenly. I mean, really, it was a normal, cloudy day and then - yay. Rain.
Don't we feel loved?

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Bull's Eye (2)

Archery was on on Saturday again, and this time it was getting harder.
We were shooting at 18 metres, I think we were using recurve bows. It's fun, firing arrows (not when you miss completely and hit the wall though...I've never done that, and hope not to. That would be awkward.)
Did you know that I'm officially known as "Goldfish" in that club? This is because I have the memory of a goldfish. Around three seconds.
I mean, it's sore when you hit your arm with the bowstring - repeatedly! They wrote down steps for me to do while shooting, and I left the sheet at home.
It seems as though I have improved though, and got four custards (we named the colours on the board after food - I don't think any of us had lunch) from 18 metres.
I think I will show you the one in the actuall centre - the ten - and the dodgy arrow.
It was actually me that (sort of) broke that arrow. I'm not fully sure what happened, all I know is that the arrow somehow snapped back at me when I was firing it - I was not hurt, don't worry! - and then something went awry. It's a worldwide mystery, what happened that day, but I managed to get a ten with that arrow anyway.
At 18 metres. I'm proud!
(The first picture is the first centre hit, the second is the freaky arrow, the third is the distance.) :)
See you all next time,
Elvish Kitty.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Logical Thinking Fails

Sometimes, life brings you strange things. Or shows them to you instead...
Architecture can be really weird, or just plainly illogical. How can you possibly put a bench five metres away from the table and not notice? I don't think it was really supposed to be so inconvenient. Or else someone was having a really good laugh. At their expense.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Celebrating Your Birth

Well, it's coming up to my birthday soon and I'm really excited! This year I'm having a party in Xtreme Adventure Centre and I invited 5 people from my (former) class. I'm only quite sad about the fact that one of my best friends is going on holidays. Ok, scratch that. She's already there!
There are going to be so many different and amazing things there that we are going to do; even the forty-minute-long drive there is very well worth it!
Archery, aerial trekking, climbing, abseiling, zip lining and the giant swing - there's a lot to do, and it will last about four hours. We need to bring a lot of water for that!
And you know...this means I will do archery all weekends. Both Saturday and Sunday. Which also means I am going to very tired but very happy at the end of the day!
How do you celebrate your birthday? Do you have any special family traditions to make the coming of a person into this world? I also like the Chinese zodiac signs. They are all animals, and - as you may have noticed - I love nature. I know half of my posts are about nature walks, but all the flora and fauna is all around you, so why ever not?
Another thing I found interesting is that I am born in the year of the dragon. Dragon. Smaug, anybody?

Monday, 1 July 2013

Natural Paparazzi

I told you already that I really enjoy walks in the park - now I will tell you again! This time, my family and I went to Tymon Park for the evening. It was still sunny and bright outside, summer's work, so we wandered around there for an hour or so.
Just when we stepped in, there was a rabbit but none of us saw it until it ran back into the undergrowth. I tried to take a picture, but why do rabbits have to be so fast?! All I got was a photo of the burrow...
I saw some more rabbits when we were passing through a field. I got really close and even filmed a video, but obviously nature doesn't like paparazzi. The rabbits were right beside a giant bush, and that with the sun on the other side equals lots of shadows.
Isn't it typical that the rabbits have to be dark too? Looking back on it, I see how ironic everything really is, but that didn't stop me from loving my walk!
On our return journey, we introduced ourselves to a family of resident swans in the lake. The dad came right out of the water and doubtless tried to shake our hands - mine in particular, for unknown reasons - on numerous occasions, but he didn't quite reach. I have no idea why I feel so relieved!
Did you know that they must have liked the look of me so much that even the small cygnet hissed me a hello?

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Another Little Blog

Hello again everyone! I am back!
I just wanted to say, I created a blog with my friend Maeve Kelehan. It's called Amazing Animals, and, you guessed it, it's about animals!
We are just going to write about animals and stuff. You know, all different types of unusual and amazing animals that we come across. Also, we are going to have Pages of Honour for two of our favourite animals, a sloth for Maeve and I chose armadillos. Just because they are so cute when they are little baby armadillos!
Anyway....we are just going to be blogging every day, taking turns. Maeve one day, I'm the next. By far, we just have my introduction up.
So if you want to check out our blog, here is the link:
Enjoy the show then, and don't throw the popcorn at the monkeys!

Remedy Kitties

Feeling sick is not one of my favourite pastimes.
Not at all!
Sometimes it also helps having five cats that have amazing supercat healing powers. Echo, the eldest female cat and sister of Rambo, the naughty chocolatey orange cat, is one of my most favourite purr machines. Not that I have favourites of course... No way. (Oh no, now they could find out I said that and purr me to death in the middle of the night....) 
Anyway, I find it strange but really cool that they can purr for only a moment on your lap, but you start feeling better almost immediately. It's a wonderful gift.
Here's Echo on my lap!
Woah, I just came back and I see a blank page where this post was, and my cat (Kisik, or Lurkeeo) lying (seemingly) innocently beside my laptop. I, of course, wail in despair until I realise that it is actually about 453 spaces in the document...I didn't count, these are approximate figures. Hah.
 Well, I just want to update about my cats, because some of them are currently intent on destroying my mum's expensive camera (Yes, I am talking to you, Kisik!)
 Also, I might sound crazy, referring to my cats as if they can understand me, but you never know. Maybe they secretly plan on taking over my house and occupying all of the computers and sofas so they could read my posts - oh, I think I'm really gone cuckoo now. Never mind. My five cats are the remedy...if they aren't the cause!
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