Sunday, 16 January 2011

Best of 2010 (bit late I know)

I'm afraid I'm going to cheat a bit with this blog, simply because I do not have much time. I'm in the middle of writing 2 A3 pages of woodwork development for my Product Design GCSE and I've got bored. I really should keep writing it because I'm going out in an hour (going to see 'Tim Minchin - Conversation With' at the RSC. Been looking forward to it for months. Ahh!) and I won't have time to do the work tomorrow afternoon because I've got Crucible rehearsals after school. But I won't because it is mind-numbingly tedious. Yes, so I've just copied and pasted a comment I made on Mark Watson's blog reviewing the best things in 2010. Which is cheating a bit. But hey, you get a blog and I get to continue writing this rubbish about different types of wood and finishes. Fun.

The bits in italics are things that I've added jusy for you guys. Didn't think Mark would be very interested. Enjoy:

BEST SONG (you can name up to three)
1. Drowned – Tim Minchin
2. Starlight – The Tweenies (don’t ask – it’s actually very good. This relates to my current phase of children's stuff I should have grown out of - see no. 13 of this blog.)
3. This Is Gallifrey – Doctor Who Series 3 Soundtrack
I know, I have a very odd taste in music. But it makes me happy :)

Ready For This? – Tim Minchin

1. Eleven - Mark Watson
2. All of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan-Doyle (I have a massive book with every single SH story. I LOVE it! Except my stupid cat ATE IT. Grrrrr.....)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Sherlock but also loved this year’s Doctor Who
Had obsessions with both. That's how I measure my liking for things. Obsessions show I liked them A LOT.

My Mum and Dad because they do so much for my brother and me and put up with so much and are both basically good at everything and I can tell them everything and can always turn to them for help and hugs. Love them lots and lots and LOTS!

The second day of my unexpected trip to Portugal with my cousins. I had recovered from my 2 days of no sleep at all and began my day with breakfast in a posh Portuguese restaurant. It was simply the best breakfast I’ve EVER had! They had absolutely every breakfasty food imaginable in a massive buffet room. Pure bliss. Then we did holiday things that I’ve never been able to do before because my brother hates holidays. Such a fun day. Although I did get attacked by a wave in the sea. But then we watched the final episode of Sherlock in the evening which was amazing so it was definitely my best day of the year. Nov 17th (MW show/A* for R&J essay) and Aug 12th (birthday) were also fab days.

1. Mark's show in Oxford
2. Matilda at the RSC
3. Blood Brothers in London

Going on holiday (and therefore an aeroplane) on my own for the first time ever. Sounds a bit feeble but bear in mind I’ve only been on a plane about 6 times before, the last time was about 3 years ago and I’ve always been with my parents. Also I had been awake for about 34 hours and hadn’t eaten much so everything was extremely surreal. I feel tired just thinking about that level of tiredness. Never. Again.

The Coalition Government because they are making stupid, annoying and idiotic decisions and no one can do anything about it. Grr.

There we go. Wasn't that nice? I know we're already 3 weeks into 2011 but I forgot about this before and I have started to enjoy blogging more than I did before so I'm going to do more. I'm aiming to beat the measly 16 blogs I did last year. Rubbish! It's also a good way to procrastinate. Yay! Right, back to the stupid development pages... x

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Everyone else has learnt how to talk to each other. Why haven't I?

WARNING - MY LAST EVER (hopefully) BIT OF SELF DEPRECATION IS IN THIS BLOG. Could get annoying. But I hope you like it.

I don't know whether what I'm about to write applies to lots of people, I reckon it probably does, but it's been a bit of an issue for me for the last 4 or so years. I guess this is because I've become more self conscious as I've got older.

I find it pretty hard to have a conversation with anyone I don't talk to everyday. I say something stupid, then worry about it so I'm not concentrating on what I'm saying afterwards. This is quite annoying. I wish I were better at social stuff in general. It's as though everyone else has been taught how to interact with other people in general life but I missed out on that lesson. I just don't get it. I don't have a clue what to say in a lot of normal situations so I've got paranoid that people don't understand what I'm trying to say and I get in a flap. Awkward.

It is similar but slightly different on twitter. Everyone else is really witty but I'm not so I usually sound ridiculously serious about trivial things. This isn't always the case but I'm noticing it more and more. I wish I could do something about it but I genuinely don't know what to say in some conversations, whereas other people seem to be able to fire off witty replies. If you have been slightly bewildered by something I've said to you in a twitter conversation, I am truly sorry, I sometimes just don't know how to answer so I come up with some rubbish. I suppose I just don't want to upset anyone so I go for the safe option. Boring.

I'm alright with my main tweets though. They can be thought out and structured whereas conversations are harder to do on the spot because it's a 2 way thing. I probably think about these things too much. Maybe I should stop picking apart all my tweets and just type whatever I think of first. Right, I'm glad I got that off my chest. I really cannot thank the people on twitter enough for being so amazing, even if I sometimes say the wrong thing. If you haven't noticed and don't have a clue what I'm talking about, I should probably stop worrying. I love you all so much and it really makes my day when I get friendly tweets. You're all SO supportive.


Some things about me

Everyone (i.e. About 3 people) on Twitter has been writing a series of interesting facts about themselves. It's rather fun to read so I thought I'd do one myself. However, I do not want to clog up everyone's timeline or make reading it compulsory so I have decided to write a blog which no one has to read but they can if they want. Isn't that nice of me?

So, here we go...

1. I do not know how to spell my middle name. (might as well get the freaky stuff out of the way first!) Well I can sometimes spell it. Sort of. After several attempts. But I hate my middle name so I never use it apart from for exams.

2. I am crap at social interaction. I'm also pretty crap at Twitter conversations. If you've thought a couple of my tweets have been a bit confusing or I've said something odd in a conversation to you, you might want to read my next blog to find out why. I really don't mean to.

3. I enjoy organising things in height, colour, chronological, numerical etc etc order. I'm pretty pedantic too.

4. I love palindromes. Love them. Lots. Especially numerical palindromes.

5. I do not like celery. At all. Ever. Eugh.

6. I used to be hugely shy and quiet in primary school but got much louder and bolder in secondary school - to the point that I got a bit annoying and no one in my class could imagine me being shy. I think (I hope) I might have calmed down a bit in the last year or so. Mainly.

7. I hate going on the London Underground but I love the map. I have the map on my bedroom wall and I spend a lot of time looking at the interesting locations and the pretty colours.

8. I also have a poster of the 'Tree of Life' on my wall because it is fascinating, along with three World War II posters (Dig for Victory, Kitchener Wants YOU, Keep Calm and Carry On), lots of photos, a Tim Minchin Calendar, four Harry Potter Lego posters (they used to come in the Lego boxes) and a London Baker Street street sign.

9. I still own a Tweenies umbrella from when I was little. I know. I'm sorry.

10. I love my family more than anyone else in the world - especially my mum, dad and brother Ben.

11. As you may have noticed, I'm quite self deprecating. I think this is because I don't want to disappoint anyone. Basically, I don't want to let people down so I tend to downplay things a bit. Then they're not disappointed if it's crap, but if it turns out to be quite good, it's a pleasant surprise. When having conversations, I say sorry quite a lot just in case I've said something stupid. This does of course backfire quite a lot and can make people annoyed that I'm so bloody pessimistic about everything. Hmm. Basically, I try my hardest not to alienate people and or make them think I'm strange and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I'm sorry if I have alienated you somehow. I didn't mean to. (There I go again!)

12. I LOVE Christmas and everything festive. Even though I'm an atheist, I still get a wonderful feeling in my tummy when we get all the decorations out (including the Nativity set - we just treat this story as we would a fairytale. Quite sweet and fun but absolute bollocks.) Every year I make a list of things I am planning to do in the run up to Christmas, including watching Tweenies Christmas Specials, Winnie the Pooh Christmas video, The Bear, Father Christmas and The Snowman just because I do it every year and Christmas wouldn't be the same if I didn't. GCSE mocks really screwed up my Christmas routine this year though. Grr.

13. I have lots of obsessions/phases. When I was younger it was stuff like Postman Pat and Winnie the Pooh and Tweenies (they were long phases. I don't think my parents have ever forgiven me!), then it became things like Madeline (the French girl in the boarding school - great books), Milly-Molly-Mandy (also great books), then more grown up things like House and Billy Elliot and Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes, and then I went back to all the old children's stuff like Thomas the Tank Engine and Tweenies etc. I think this is because I like getting nostalgic about my childhood because it really was a bloody brilliant childhood. Can't recommend my parents enough. Oh and of course Harry Potter has been a recurring obsession since I was about 7 (see this blog).

14. I love pasta rather too much. In every form. Yum. And quiche. And moussaka. And lots of other things. Basically I just love food. Mmmm....

15. I have taken a liking to binary. Don't know why, but it's awesome! (Incidentally, 15 is 1111 in binary. My favourite.)

16. I have two stripey colourful scarves which I wear every day at school (not at the same time obviously) and I love them. Lots.

17. I love Lego. Best. Toy. Ever.

18. I do not like crayons. All waxy and yucky and horrid. Ugh.

19. I am fascinated by circuit boards. They look wonderful and are so complicated and lovely.

20. I have just realised why most people kept these lists of things on their twitter feeds - it restricts them to 140 characters per fact. Doing a whole blog has allowed me to waffle on and on and on. If you have not got bored reading all that, thank you very much. I salute you. I hope I haven't scared you with my weird personality too much.