Thursday, 28 November 2013

Thanksgiving

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Today is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year (yes I got that definition from Wikipedia!)

Being from the UK I've never really celebrated Thanksgiving but in the book 'Lock And Key' by Sarah Dessen there is a part about about 'Thankful Lists' and I thought it would be nice if I made one.
 
 
So here it is, my (quite detailed, yet short-ish) thankful list:

1. I'm thankful for my family.  Although there are times where I could scream I'm so annoyed or upset with them, I now know that they just want to look after me.  I understand that we have different views as to what's best for me but I think I need to take them into account more often and be appreciative of the whacky family that I belong too.
I am also thankful to my family for being forgiving towards me, it is something I greatly appreciate even if I'm not very good at showing it.
 

2. I'm thankful for my friends.  Although I'm close with only a small number of my friends, I love all my friends very much.  I'm the sort of person who can get on someone's nerves easily and I know I'm not an easy person to be friends with so I take all the friends I have for granted.
I've learnt from experience that not every person that you count as a friends sticks around, so I'm very grateful for my friends that have stuck with me because it means more to me than I let on.
 

3. I'm thankful for music. Music is and always will be a huge part of my life.  Whenever I get the chance, I'll have my headphones in.  I love nothing more than listening to my favourite artists and finding out about them and their musical inspirations. 
For me, music is a painkiller, when I'm feeling upset I can always find a song that I can relate too and that relates to the situation that I'm in. A nd at the same time, it's the first thing I go to when I'm happy cause there's nothing more fun than dancing around your room to your favourite band.
 

4. I'm thankful for the people that make the music I love.  If it wasn't for the artists then I wouldn't have the music that I love so much.  I'll always be thankful towards my favourite musicians for giving me the words I need when I'm struggling with what to say. And also for the awesome beats, bass lines and guitar solos (yes, I'm referring to Jeff Stinco with the guitar solos).
 

5. I'm thankful for my education.  There's not a day that goes by when I don't complain about school, and I'm sure most teenagers are the same.  I'm either moaning about going to school, the day I've had at school or the mountains of homework that I'd happily bury on a desert island. 
But at the same time I'm glad that I've been given the chance to go to school as there are so many people that don't get that opportunity.  And also it's how I learned to read and write, which are big parts of my life! So even if I hate it now I hope I can make the most of my education later on in my life, just so I can say it was worthwhile.
 

I could have gone down the route off talking about the song 'Thank You' by Simple Plan (an amazing song by the way!) which is  about your best friend backstabbing you (been there, done that, got the t-shirt! But I hope I've not been the one who's backstabbed, if I have then I'm sorry I don't like hurting people, but I definitely know what it's like to be backstabbed) but I thought it would be a lot nicer to write about this! I hope that wherever you are, you've had a good thanks giving!

 
 
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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

My 10 Current Must Read Novels!

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So I spend a lot of my free time in imaginary worlds, as I love nothing better than getting stuck into a good book! I've always loved to try writing my own stories and loving coming up with new story lines and ideas. Another thing that I love to do is share the stories that I love with my friends (which is exactly how I got my friend Rebekah hooked on Ally Carter novels!) so I thought that I could share some of my favourite books and book series with you all!

1. The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter

2. Last Chance by Sarah Dessen

3. Skin Deep by Laura Jarret

4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

5.  Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

6. The Heist Society Series by Ally Carter 

7. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

8. The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot

9. Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton

10.  Stargirl Series by Jerry Spinelli

I found it very difficult to make this list as there are so many books out there that I love but these have got to be some of my most favourite ones as they're stories that have stayed with me and are by authors that I love!


Carolyn
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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Mittens, Stress & Secret Websites!


It's almost that time of year again! For me I don't like to get into the Christmas spirit too early, I normally wait till December. But I couldn't help but get a little excited when I went into Starbucks and was served my hot chocolate in a Christmas cup!
 
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Unfortunately for me Christmas is quite a stressful time as well as being exciting. I'm in my 5th year at high school (I think that's year 11 in England, please correct me if I'm wrong) and I'm studying 5 Highers. I'm doing 3 courses over 1 year (Health & Food Technology, Geography and Business Management) and 2 courses over 2 years (English and Maths).
This means that I've recently been sitting NAB (National Assessment Bank) exams. These are mini exams which you have to sit and pass in order to sit the final exam. I'm doing okay(ish) so far but I am finding it all pretty stressful.
I'm finding the Higher Geography course difficult and I am very scared about sitting my 2nd NAB for the course at the end of the week (I failed my 1st NAB for the course 2 weeks ago but I failed, luckily I passed the resit though) so I am very nervous, but trying to stay hopeful that I will pass it first time.
 
As well as NAB's I also have rehearsals for my school Christmas concert and concert rehearsals for a regional showcase concert that I'm doing next March. And I've got a few mountains of homework that I need to battle my way through. So saying that I'm letting the stress get to me would be an understatement. A huge one.
 
In order to get me into the Christmas spirit and to try and help me feel a little less stressed my mum decided to surprise me a lovely bag of maltesers and some snowmen mittens at Primark which she got for me while I was at maths tutoring.
 
 
 
I also got to see my bestie Hannah for the first time in a while this week which was really nice! When I was with her she introduced to me to a world which I'm sad to say that I've been deprived of up until now. And that world is http://starbuckssecretmenu.net/ 
I spent a very long time browsing through the website and drooling over the scrumptious looking creations! I would definitely recommend taking a look at the website then taking a copy of your favourite recipe with you on your next Starbucks visit (I know that's what I'll definitely be doing!)
 
So basically, although I'm currently very stressed and a little scared, I'm looking forward to Christmas and all the duvet days and hot chocolate that comes with it!
 
Quick side note!
 
I was very excited the other day as Simple Plan announced the release date, title and track list for their new EP 'Get Your Heart On - The Second Coming!' and I cannot wait! The 3rd of December is when it will be released and it is currently my light in the darkness and I'm very excited to hear some new music from the boys!
 
Photo taken from the Simple Plan official website
 
Carolyn
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Sunday, 10 November 2013

My November Playlist 2013

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So instead of doing seasonal playlists I've decided to start a monthly playlist blog post instead :)
It will probably have a lot of similar artists but I will try my best to make it a bit of a variety.
Anyway, her is my November Playlist:

All Time Low - Oh, Calamity!

Simple Plan - Perfect

Pierce The Veil - I'm Low On Gas & You Need A Jacket (Acoustic From Hot Sessions)

Marianas Trench - Fallout

Carrie Hope Fletcher - The Way We Were

The Wanted - Show Me Love(America) (Acoustic From Sunday Brunch)

Hello Monroe - You & I

Tonight Alive - Lonely Girl

I've only started listening to Marianas Trench recently but I really love their music. It's different & quirky. I also love how they've made their recent music videos link together as one story, it's a really good idea & I'm really glad that I started listening to them & I would definitely recommend checking them out!

 
Carolyn
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