June 22, 2011

Food for Convenience

I am trying to go back to my size 6 bod as I want to look good for Portugal this summer! It is not happening!
I am trying to eat healthily, cutting down on the carbohydrates, finding alternatives for dairy products, water instead of juice etc but it is incredibly hard when everything around me tempts me to eat junk.

Earlier today, after school, my sister, mum and I went into town to buy some bits and bob. We ended up buying some Maccy Ds just because it was there!

Junk food chains are so popular by so many because they are so convenient. Drive-throughs on the dual carriageway, dotted around shopping centres and conveniently situated on the way home from school.

From now on, I need to avoid all fast food chains! Going to be difficult so wish me luck!

P.s. Latin GCSE over! WOOHOO. Just two more exams left.

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June 21, 2011

Disappointment

Today I received news, from the dentist, that I have two dental cavities. I have had no problems with my teeth in the past. I have needed neither braces nor fillings, ever, so this has come to me as a huge shock.
I eat very healthily as I keep a watchful eye on my weight and I am fully aware of the doings of acid erosion; but never did I think that being healthy would cause teeth damage. I thought a glass of fresh orange juice, not from concentrate, each morning with my breakfast would only do me good. I was wrong!
Orange juice is a killer! It has caused me two dental cavities and therefore two fillings are needed. A painful experience of an injection of local anesthetic into my mouth with a result of two disgustingly obvious fillings, for the rest of my life!

News which bares disappointment and grief is the worst news of all. I never handle it well. Today, I cried as soon as the dentist told me the verdict, (bless the poor man.) I like to think I am emotionally strong and can always try and find the silver lining of every cloud thrown at me but that couldn’t be further away from the truth. I struggle to accept bad news and I never behave in a correct manner after hearing it. I act irrational: today, on the way home from the dentist, I blamed my mother for buying orange juice, when I know if she didn’t buy the juice, I would have been annoyed.

The quality of accepting bad news well is not one I acquire but I do hope that I get it soon as I’m schedules for the fillings in just over a month and at the moment, the thought of it brings tears to my eyes.

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June 18, 2011

Just a rotten cherry on top of a deflated cake

My day was going terribly from the moment I got up. I woke thinking: yet another day of intensive Latin and German revision. Less than two days till my first day of two exams and I could not be more unprepared.
But I couldn’t start to revise straight away as I had to go off to work from 11 till half 1, which was terrible. Admin. staff were on a special kind of aggravated mood just to add to my disgusting day.
I only got home at 2 to have a late lunch and bake some quick brownies to get my spirits back up. Just as I put the brownie mix into the oven, I dropped my blackberry into the sink. My blackberry, which I received as a present from my mother just nine days ago, is now dead.

Of course I panicked, screamed, wasted time while my phone was chilling in water. Mistake #1. The first thing I tried to do was see if everything worked. Mistake #2. I then grabbed my blow dryer and started to heat my phone. Mistake #3.

I screwed my head on straight before I did anything else. I Googled ‘What to do when you drop your blackberry in water?’ and I found out about my numerous mistakes. I found different blogs and websites where I was told to sit my blackberry in some rice. So now my phone is buried in rice and will be for the next 4 days.

I keep trying to tell myself that it is good that I won’t be distracted from exams for the next few days, but I need my phone! What if it never wakes up?! My beloved blackberry. ):

So here’s a few tips for anyone who will repeat my unlucky situation:

1) Turn your phone off straight away. The longer you keep it on, the more time you allow for the water to seep into the electric circuits and damage your phone.

2) Take out the battery: The source of power will be the first to be damaged by water. Take out your SIM card: Worst case scenario, your phone never wakes up, you still have your SIM.

3) Place both your phone and battery in a bowl of uncooked, dry rice. This will dry out any excess water left in your phone. Preferably put in an airing cupboard, but unfortunately I don’t have one.

4) Leave it in the bowl for 3 hours-3 days. The longer the better. But DO NOT turn on your phone for at least 3 days. This will just fry your phone.

5) After a few days, plug your phone into a charger without the battery. If this works, then with the battery.

Hope your phones are all fine. Please pray for mine.
I’m off to cut my sister’s hair. So excited.

June 11, 2011

New phone: Out with the money, in with the hassle!

I know it has been a while since I’ve last blogged but that is what exams does to one. The day before yesterday, my mother told me she was taking my mobile and sim in exchange for hers. I had a beat up old N95 with no working camera and missing buttons which was replaced with a brand new Blackberry Curve. Many would be thrilled but here comes the catch:  I had a contract of: 300 minutes and unlimited texts. My mother had 100 minutes, 500 texts, unlimited Blackberry Messenger and 1GB of internet data. Both per month.

Blackberries are ridiculous. They break down on numerous occasions. Yes, Blackberry Messenger is truly great but what about contacting my boyfriend?! I haven’t got enough texts… I miss not having a limited number 😦

And now my blackberry isn’t sending/receiving texts and isn’t receiving calls. New phones suck!

June 4, 2011

Collection of words on paper

Waterstones Piccadilly - Xmas windowA few days ago, I received a letter from my school telling me that I have won the academic achievement prize. Annually, three year 11 students are awarded prizes: sporting, performing arts and academic achievement. We are told to purchase a book worth up to £15; this amount will be given to us, alongside the book we bought. The school will print its logo onto the front cover of my book and will also write a message in the first pages.
I have been on a hunt for a total of 10 hours to find a book to use and finally I bought a collection of stories by Roald Dahl. I was content with my choice of book and really hope it has sentimental value in years to come.

On my journey to find this book, I visited countless book stores from WHSmith’s to Foyles’ but my favourite had to be Waterstones, Piccadilly. It has a cosy and warm atmosphere with over eight and a half miles of shelving and regularly hosts book signings. It was so easy to find the books I wanted and that is an essential quality of a bookshop. The retro, redo sofas dotted about the floors were great for me to narrow piles of books down to one.

I as a student am by no means well off enough to afford to buy the books I wanted to read, so on the way home I popped into the library and borrowed some of the titles I did not buy. Bucklist no.58 was inspired by bookstores… Have a library in my home. I also really want to go to Hatchards, Piccadilly.
Happy reading!
May 31, 2011

Obsession with Bridges

As I have mentioned before, I have a bucket list (http://teenithiy.tumblr.com/bucketlist) and recently I have added the following…
42. To cross the following bridges: Gateshead Millennium, London
43. Millau Viaduct, Southern France
44. Magdeburg Water, Germany
45. Oresund, Copenhagen, Denmark and Sweden
46. Erasmusbrug, Rotterdam, Netherlands
47. Bosphorus, Istanbul
48. Golden Gate, San Francisco
49. Coronado, San Diego
50. Sydney Harbour, Australia
51. Kintai, Japan
52. Akashi-Kaikyo, Japan
53. Hangzhou Bay, China
54. Tsing Ma, Hong Kong
55. Fehmarn Belt, Baltic Sea, German and Denmark (when completed in 2018)

I have a fetish for amazing architecture!

Some of the bridges above are just world-class:

 Golden Gate Bridge

 Coronado Bridge

Some are just so clever…

 Magdeburg Water Bridge

 Hangzhou Bay Bridge

But some are just absolutely stunning…

 Millau Viaduct Bridge

 Kintai Bridge

Although not all the best bridges are on my list of things to do before I die, the following may be a good place to start:
Gateshead Millennium, Humber Estuary and the Second Severn Crossing.

I shall keep you posted with how I get on.

May 30, 2011

Homemade latte

Don’t get me wrong, a cup of tea is lovely, but coffee is something I cannot live without! It all started a few years ago, when exams began to get serious and all nighters were the key. My friends took me to Starbucks to buy me the most luscious latte and from then on, I haven’t passed a Starbucks or Costa and not bought a cup of coffee.

However, now that I have sixteen exams in the space of two months, I have realised that my bank account does not stretch for a few professional cups of coffee every time I decide to have an all nighter. So I went on a hunt.

Before I say any more… the following recipe is not mine. I found it on a blog when searching using Google: http://zhoodles.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-make-professional-latte-with.html. I am not trying to take credit for the following recipe.

Top recipe for a frothy latte coffee that you can make at home without any fancy percolator or whatnot. Unless you count one of those cheapy electric coffee whisks as fancy.

You will need;
A microwave
A Cheapy electric coffee whisk

Ingredients (for one mug);
1 tsp coffee granules (any will do)
1tsp sugar (optional)
1 part water
2 parts milk

Step 1
Boil the kettle

Step 2
Place in the mug which you will be drinking out of the sugar and coffee granules an sugar and a splash of milk. With a teaspoon mix until you have a dark brown paste.

Step 3
In another mug pour in the rest of the milk and microwave on full power for 1 minute 20 seconds (roughly).

Step 4
When the kettle boils fill the mug which you will be drinking out of 1/3 full. Stir.

Step 5
When the microwave got ping take out the milks and whisk using the electric whisk for about a minute or so making sure that you slowly lift the whisk out of the mug, whilst on, to create a foam on top of the milk. Then pour the milk slowly into the other mug. Stir again and serve.

This is a Godsend.

Seeing as the weather is amazing today… I am off to make myself an iced latte. Enjoy the recipe above (and I repeat, it is not mine!) and have a good day.

May 27, 2011

Collection of thoughts

I have just finished watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  Prior to which I watched Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, Part 1. Both of these films are amazing. (Of course the books are classics and cannot be beaten.) The ending of TVOTDT is touching and, as I am a huge fan of morals, teaches great lessons. The Deathly Hallows… well the movie speaks for itself. As you all probably know already… I LOVE FILMS.

The fifteenth of July cannot come any quicker. Exams will be over, summer will have started and most of all DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2!! The trailer looks phenomenal and I am buzzing already.

Although this was going to be a post purely on films, while writing this, I received an email from a cousin. So, I just wanted to share my love for technology.
I have a phone and an i-pod, love my television, 50 % of  my time is spent texting/calling someone, I have twitter, tumblr, facebook, lookbook and 2 email addresses… what I am saying is, without technology, life just wouldn’t be so interesting.

I had the most disgusting physics test today… so here’s a picture of London today. A perfect example of pathetic fallacy:

On the other hand, it’s half-term now and for all who aren’t in the UK, that means a week off from school. For those of us with exams are blessed with nine days without exams. Could not be happier.

P.s. I did cry when Dobby died… again ):

May 25, 2011

Enjoy your youth

Enjoy your youth. You’ll never be younger than you are at this very moment.

Being just sixteen, I have lived the very few years of my life thinking about the future and wishing to be older. I have always made plans for the future from Alevel subject choices to how many children I would like and where I would like to be in twenty years time. I have a bucket list in the making containing everything I wish to do with my life, many items on which can only be fulfilled in the far future. I am not one who is free spirited enough to live life for how it is; I need structure, goals and something to be motivated for.

But a year or so I met a guy named Tony. We met at a concert we took part in as we both play the violin. He is considerably older than me but I don’t think he would mind me saying he also acts half my age. He is also the one who is responsible for my change of opinion when it comes to goals for the future. He never plans too far ahead in time and always ‘had a go at me’ for wanting to be older. I feel that he was jealous of my age and he wants to be my age again.
Anyway, earlier today he said: ‘Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you don’t mind then it doesn’t matter.’

It has made me realize: it is comforting and safe to have my bucket list but my blueprint for my life can be restricting and can take the fun out of living. It’s not about the future and what will happen to me, it is about the present and enjoying everything as it comes.

Thanks Tony, saved me from being suffocated by my own aspirations for  life to come.

Do not worry about the past because it is gone, do not worry about the future because it is yet to come, live in today and embrace it!

May 24, 2011

New type of post for me

Views from my garden in the city, when I was meant to be revising…