Posts tagged ‘Exams’

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.

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.

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 18, 2011

The uses of monosodium glutamate (MSG)

I have a biology exam tomorrow but blogging really is addictive. I haven’t got a specific interesting event to write about, but then again those don’t usually come around too often in my life. Exams are getting tedious. The daily routine of waking up to cram for an exam and then returning home to start another subject is exhausting and I don’t think I have it in me to continue this for another 40 days! (Yes, I have a countdown on my desktop.)

However, I do have time and energy to keep up my extra activity rituals. I had yet another netball match this evening, against the Marshalls from Hornchurch.
For those of you who don’t know, I play borough league for the London Borough of Redbridge, or RB Cyans for short 🙂
Sport allows me to release the anger and frustration I get from exams* and other daily routines in a sensible, constructive and positive way. Safe however isn’t an adjective I would use in that list. Although netball is a non-contact sport, we are just as violent as men are playing football. The only difference is: at the end of the match, us ladies, will smile, shake hands and apologize for any physical injuries or mental scars we have forced upon each other.

Anyway,  I should have started biology revision at 8pm; it is now 8:27pm. I’m feeling an all-nighter coming along. Please do comment to keep me company. Have a good evening bloggers.

*exams- God save me!

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