Sunday, 22 February 2015

''The Water Filled My Lungs, I Screamed So Loud But No One Heard A Thing''

Hey Everyone!

I realised it has been a while since I have written a detailed lifestyle post. The past couple of weeks have been utterly hectic. I had a solid week of Mocks exams, followed by a week of Midterm. I was quite tired, after the exams. It is true to say that having ten exams in five days in incredibly draining.

Overall, I am happy enough with my Mocks. At this precise moment, the week of the Mocks seemed to be a blur of cramming, anxiety and drinking lots of water during the exams. I never knew how quickly three hours and more could pass by! We'll receive our results in the coming weeks, fingers crossed I'm on the right track.

Enough about Mocks! I had an entire week off, an absolutely luxury. My teachers told us our homework was to, 'relax.' which I did. I kept a low-profile during the week, mainly staying at home and watching Game Of Thrones. I finished Season 4 last Friday morning and I still feel devoid of emotion as Season 5 isn't starting until April 13th. I will remain strong.

I also went to Dundrum to a blogger meet up! You can read about it here. The afternoon was fantastic and it was surreal meeting such lovely girls! Squad goals occurred. Apart from the trip to Dundrum, I did little else. The day we received our holidays I was interviewed by The Sunday Times about selfie sticks, it didn't appear in the newspaper but it was a hilarious phone call and interview!

I also received correspondence from some colleges/Universities that I applied to through CAO. I received an email or two, as well as a gorgeous letter from UL (where my brother goes!) I don't really plan on going to UL but it is still an option for me if I want to. All the same, the paper and the embossed logo were just stunning and the letter was so pretty.

Grace and I met up over the week and had an AwkwardSprinkles day. We were too busy chatting and laughing to actually film anything sadly so AwkwardSprinkles won't be returning just yet. I filmed another Letters to the Leaving Cert video, this time about the Mocks. It's a nice little series I think. It documents my last year in secondary school as well as the ups and downs that are an integral part of the year. I don't have as much time to brainstorm for eccentric videos but I like having the series as a way of keeping up YouTube. You can see the latest video here 

Photos from my week

Selfie with some calves. I have no regrets, they were lovely.

Starbucks in Dundrum !

I got bored on Snapchat and send a few random snaps ...


Costa with Grace. Caramel lattes are just beautiful.

Watching Danisnotonfire's latest video about #NicerInternet. Definitely worth a watch.

I decided to clean my desk after the Mocks. 

After much hardship, my desk became extremely tidy again!

So that's about it from me, did you have an enjoyable Midterm? Let me know in the comments below!
Stay Strong, Happy & Fearless!

Lyrics; Taylor Swift - Clean

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Blogger Meet Up & Squad Goals!

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to tell all you wonderful people about the recent blogger meet up I attended on Sunday!
 I travelled to Dundrum with Grace (special shout out to Grace's Mam for giving me a lift) to meet 5 of the loveliest bloggers! Grace and I were early and after various comical attempts of trying to locate the meeting point (including walking past the designated area, round of applause, if you please) we stood around, filled with exhilaration, nerves and excitement. 

Jane was next to arrive, with Grace and I running to greet her (and probably scaring her, sorry!) Next to arrive was Chloe, Aoife, Sarah and Celine. With the Squad assembled, we went to Eddie Rockets with our brilliant 'Tour Guide' Jane! We sat in one large booth and had lunch. A highlight was definitely when Jane whipped out her selfie stick (the exact same as mine, what are the odds?) and began taking selfies of the group! I think poor Grace nearly fainted when she saw it. (The stares of the people in the restaurant were of confusion and amusement and caused lots of giggles later on) 

Afterwards, we went window-shopping in Bershka and Penneys (and awkwardly bumping into my cousin, small world!) as well as having a cold and frosty experience in Starbucks which led to a very swift exit. The cameras, phones and selfie sticks emerged once again and a mass frenzy of selfie-taking occurred. Soon sadly, it was time to part ways, not before more selfies, giggles, socialising and laughing. 

It truly was a wonderful experience to meet girls who's blogs I read and comment on. The realisation that like me, they are normal girls and not just photos on a laptop screen is truly humbling. It was a brilliant day, spent with fantastic company, all the girls are so nice, bubbly, energetic and carefree. I think it can definitely be said that an excellent day was had by all. We are 'The Squad' with our Squad Goals as well as realising that people on elevators look sad. (No regrets) 

Down below are some photos from the meet up!

(L-R) Chloe, Grace, myself, Jane, Celine, Sarah and Aoífe! 

We're stunning aren't we?

Selfie with Jane

Squad Goals!

''We look the same!''

Here are the girls' links! 

Chloe - Cocobelle
Celine - Vintage Teapot
Sarah - Typical Blue Eyed Brunette
Jane - Dorky, Fizzy and Quirky Stuff
Aoífe - Barrel of Secrets
Grace - Dainty Sprinkles

Stay Strong,  Happy & Fearless!
Aveen xx

Saturday, 7 February 2015

'Singing I am your worst, I am your worst nightmare''

Hey Everyone!

It has been a long time to say the least since I have written here. As you may expect, the preparation for the Mocks and ultimately the Leaving Cert does leave me with little time. Time is a luxury few Leaving Cert students can afford. I should probably inform you all about the wondrous and soul-soothing things I've been up to as of late!

As a Sixth Year with Mocks starting on Monday (English Paper Two, along with Irish Paper One) time is truly of the essence so any time I get to relax, I truly savour it. I try to stop studying at around 9.30 on school nights (I need copious amounts of sleep just to function) so I do 3-4 hours of homework and study each school night. Weekends are easily 4 hours a day and then the evenings to relax.

Last Saturday I treated myself to the Divergent DVD and sadly, instead of blogging, watched it instead! I had watched the film when it was in the cinemas but really wanted to watch it again. It's such a rarity to actually sit down for two hours to watch a film and not be plagued by thoughts of the Mocks or Leaving Cert. The exams and hours of study consume your entire life for a school year. It really isn't pleasant but I'm optimistic all these hours of study will be worth it all in the end. (It's the only thing you can hope for, isn't it?)

School has been as can be expected. Talk of Mocks, Debs, Leaving Cert, CAO, all hang over every conversation at The Bench. It genuinely causes you to sit back slightly and think,
 'This is real. This is happening. It's not just my mind thinking that this is happening, it is actually happening.' It is both a source of anxiety and a mixture of reluctant excitement with shock.

We watched for years as Sixth Year groups came and went from the school, leaving us remaining, now it's our turn to leave. Soon we won't even be secondary school students, we'll be finished and moving onto ambitious and life-changing places. It does lead to your breath hitching in your throat occasionally when you think about it.

I'm studying for the Mocks, but I don't want to work so hard that I burn out before the Leaving Cert, if that makes sense. We're told to do well, BUT, not too well. Yet good grades are expected. But if you get an A you'll be marked down. I am planning to aim for a grade below what I'm planning on getting in the real LC. I  think that's reasonable and leaves a sturdy foundation to work on for June.

Down below are some photos (mainly photos I've sent on Snapchat) during the time I have been absent from my blog.

Asking the serious questions whilst wearing a cat onesie.

Watching 'Divergent' and crushing on Ansel Elgort, as you do.

Waiting for pizza when The Parents and The Sibling travel to Limerick and you have a study day.

Home alone on a Sunday. Fun, fun fun. 

The most delicious drink ever. 

Oranges look so happy. Keeping up with my Vitamin C during study. 

My 'To-Do' list last week.. Oh the joys.

I might have mentioned it, but I've been listening to Fall Out Boy non-stop lately! (Along with Taylor Swift and Hozier) This weeks title comes from the Fall Out Boy song 'Novocaine'

So that's about it for this week, tomorrow the mass cramming resumes! 
Stay Strong, Happy & Fearless!
Aveen xx