Wednesday, August 27

Journaling

Journaling is a hobby to me that is quite private. Everything I write, doodle, draw and sketch into my journals is honest and basically the raw truth. In a way when you open my journal you are opening a secret door into my mind. It is a bit like blogging but where I blog to "people" I only journal to "myself".
I have my fair share of these little books I like to call my journals. Some have specific intentions like my "travel diary", "everything I like journal", "drawings journal", "Ideas journal". As you can see I really like buying journals. Particularly the really unusual ones.

Today I am going to show you a few pages from my Journal that I draw in absentmindedly. It has no real purpose so you could find anything at all in here.

It's just a simple A5 sketchbook but it's great to carry around with me.
All I need is an inky pen and I'm happy!


I only started this notebook on the 22nd of August so this page shows my first doodlings.



On the second page i used my Calligraphy pen and ink to write my favourite lyrics from songs. There is lines from The best day of my life, Budapest, All the Others, Come on Eileen, Mulan, Under the sea, The Colours of the Wind, Hand in Hand, Don't you forget about me, Gibson, Teenage Dirtbag and Defying gravity.


On another page I wrote a poem by Emily Dickinson- "Hope is the thing with feathers-".  She is one of the few poets I actually enjoyed studying for the leaving Cert. this poem is really cute and easy to remember. I think it is about a bird. ...You know how you are never right or wrong when it comes to interpretation in English...


And then there is the eye...




Do you keep any journals?

Happy Wednesday!
Marian   ^_^

Sunday, August 24

Meet the Family



Daisy
D.O.B:  March 2007
Nickname:  The Queen Bee.
Mother's Name: Sindey
Favourite Food: Cheese
Favourite Person in the world: Me
Fear: Bees (She's absolutely petrified of them)
Worst Habit: Climbing in my window.
Personality in 3 words: Stubborn, Manipulative, Self-centred.

Mona
D.O.B:  June 2009
Nickname: Moaning Myrtle
Mother's Name: Daisy
Favourite Food: Ham
Favourite Person in the World: My sister
Fear: My Dad.
Worst Habit: Falling over and breaking things.
Personality in 3 words: Flimsy, Scattered, (Think-Luna-Lovegood)

Oscar
D.O.B: September 2008.
Nickname: Ossie
Mother's Name: Daisy
Favourite Food: Cat Treat
Favourite Person in the world: Daisy
Fear: Me.
Worst Habit: Glaring at people.
Personality in 3 words: Bashful, Timid, Gentle.
Autumn
D.O.B: July 2012
Nickname: Otto
Mother's Name: Mona
Favourite Food: Cat treat.
Favourite Person in the World: Everyone.
Fear: Bikes
Worst Habit: Following People.
Personality in 3 words: Lovable, Affectionate, Playful.



Fudge
D.O.B: September 2008
Nickname: Podge
Mother's Name: Daisy
Favourite Food: Meat
Favourite Person: Nobody
Fear: Dad
Worst Habit:  Likes to start fights
Personality in 3 words: Loner, Barbarian, Paranoid.   
So, that's all of them.
We only have 5 ;)
As you can see from the amount of photos I have of Daisy that she is my  beautiful cat. She gets me like no one else. We share a bond. She is the Sheldon to my Amy. We only have to look at each other and we can understand what each other is thinking. 

You may think that I am like that crazy cat woman from The Simpsons but I swear to you I'm not. Really!! My friends however do not believe me. They (much to their amusement) got me a guide to cats for my birthday. Haw Haw. Very Funny. ...... It does have some good tips though?

Are you a cat/dog person?
(If you pick cat you may be my next best friend)
Marian ^_^


Sunday, August 17

Cherquerboard Cookies

Here in Ireland there is a TV show called The Great Irish Bake Off. From what I've seen on twitter apparently there is also one in Brittan.  This is possibly one of my favourite-favourite programmes (apart from Grey's Anatomy). It's just so darn lovable and edible. I love watching the uber cool cake designs they come up with and then the dreaded technical challenge. Oh yes that dreaded technical challenge! Dun dun dun. 
Before I made these chequerboard cookies I was like "those challenges are not challenges - anyone can make that!". And now here I am eating my words (and cookies ^_^).  I miserably failed at getting the cookies anywhere near squares and they all look crusty and just ugh. The taste makes up for all that though. Yum!
The GIBO is sadly now over and I feel a little lost without anything to watch because there is absolutely nothing on TV. I know, I know, it's summer and i should be outside in the sun but I'm more like a hibernating vampire and so anything outside these four walls may fatally scare me to death.
Anyway, why don't you have a go and see if you can get them to look square and even.


Ingredients
For Vanilla Dough 
300g plain flour
150g caster sugar
150g butter
1 egg
Few drops of Vanilla Essence    

For Chocolate Dough
300g plain flour
150g caster sugar
150g butter
1 egg
20g cocoa powder         

Method
1. Cream butter and sugar together until they're light and fluffy.
2. Add egg and vanilla essence and mix again
3. Sieve in flour and use your hands to bring together to a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and place in fridge until firmer.
4. Repeat steps for other dough.
5. Assemble cookies by rolling out the doughs and cutting 9 equal strips from each. Build biscuits as in the picture with egg wash to stick.
6. Wrap the logs in remaining dough and cute into squares, then place them on a tray. 
7. Bake in an oven at 140° for 12 minutes.
8. When they have cooled you can dip them in melted chocolate.


Ready, Set, Bake!
Marian ^_^

Wednesday, August 13

Millenium Trilogy

After four months, I have finally finished it. The Millennium trilogy consists of three very large books and each require a lot of attention and time. Therefore *cough cough* I do not recommend reading them when you're doing exams ... speaking from experience.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared without a trace more than forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to try to discover what happened to her. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist recently sidelined by a libel conviction, to investigate. Blomkvist is aided by the pierced and tattooed computer prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into  vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption on their way to discovering the truth of Harriet Vanger's fate.



My Thoughts... These books are not for the faint hearted. There is a lot of very graphic and disturbing descriptions and it is in no way from the YA genre. However, it is a hugely compelling story that is both addictive and repulsive. The characters are none like I've seen before and will forever stay in my mind. This trilogy is heavy in Swedish politics but still proves very engrossing. It is by far the best mystery, crime, thriller I have ever read.

The Characters... Lisbeth Salander is the main character but in reality, you don't finally get to know her until the second book. The first one focuses mainly on Blomkvist. He is your typical womaniser and a very intelligent journalist.  On the other hand, Slander is one of the strangest, coolest, most complicated,  messed up, and yet so endearing character I have ever come across. Words just don't do her justice.

Quotes...
-"Don’t ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun.” 
-“Normally seven minutes of another person's company was enough to give her a headache so she set things up to live as a recluse. She was perfectly content as long as people left her in peace. Unfortunately society was not very smart or understanding.” 
-"Men could be as big as a house and made of granite, but they all had balls in the same place.” 

Interesting Fact... Millennium was supposed to be a series but Stieg Larsson died before he could finish it. However, there is an unfinished draft on his laptop that his partner is in possession of but she refuses to hand it over.

Do I recommend? YES! Definitely! The characters are brilliant. The plot is brilliant. The book is just - !! you just have to read it!

★★★★
Marian ^_^

Sunday, August 10

Indiependence 2014

Last weekend, down in Cork, Deer Farm Mitchelstown was the host to the incredible Indiependence, a music and arts festival. Needless to say it was one of the highlights of this summer (so far).
The festival consisted of an Arena, where there were two big tents for the music acts, a hot press tent for interviews, a silent disco tent (uber cool), and a few bars and stands thrown in. We stayed in the field next to it with a hundred other Argos sleeping tents. And I can safely tell you now that camping is not at all fun.  The first night me and Alanna huddled together trying to keep warm while our drunken neighbours entertained us with some of the most ridiculous stories. The next two nights -well- we didn't really sleep. Turns out night time is when the place gets most alive.

Of course the main part of the festival is the music acts. I got to see some of my favourite bands and discovered a few more at the same time.
My favourite ones were Dan Croll, Walking on Cars, Delorentos, Hudson Taylor, Lisa O'Neill, Hozier, Scroobius Pip and The Coronas.

Walking On Cars are now one of my favourite bands. They were brilliant! Just listen to these songs:



 Coronas Although I only got to see a little bit of Scroobius Pip, he still remains one of my favourite acts there. He even surfed the crowd on a couch he took from the stage!
The surprise act for Indie was only announced the day before it started. It turns out it was The Coronas! Not everyone was pleased by this as they had headlined Indie the year before but I had never had the chance to see them live so I had a massive grin on my face the whole time they played. They were also probably the only band that I could sing a long to. Knowing the lyrics really does make it more fun. My friends and I were practically at the very front, so I could see every detail of them. And it is so weird to see them up close. I mean, they look totally the same as they do on TV. Somehow I was expecting them to look different.... Anyhoo, they're very funny and uber cool and their songs are just brilliant.

Despite sleeping in a tent on the ground, and those septic port-a-loos, Indiependece is totally worth running around in wellies for three days.

★★★★
Cannot wait for next year!
Marian ^_^

Saturday, August 9

*July: Posts of the Month*

As I wasn't able to put this into the July Wrap Up, here is a post of my favourite posts of July.

The Fence Of Stars
Irish Superstitions} Reading these crazy superstitions made me laugh and was also very interesting.
Disorganised Thoughts On Novel-Writing} I had never really thought about this topic. Words are fascinating.

Emily Etc.
Scrapbook} I love to look at other people's scrapbooks. They always put mine to shame.
Mid July Reads: Green Books} I thought these reviews were brilliant, not to mind that the books were all green (my favourite colour).

I Solemnly Swear I am up to no good
Your Fictional Boyfriend} This was one of the first posts I read when I started blogging again. It's really fun to see who you get!
Colorado and IRI 2014} I'm really into travel so I find it fascinating hearing about other places.

Feed Me Books Now
My top ten book Endings} As endings are a critical part of a book I thought this post was very valuable and also prompted me to rethink a few books.

Through a Cat's Eyes
My Room - Piano Corner} I guess I'm just nosy cause I love to look at other people's rooms.
Currently I'm } In general these were very fun to read. #10 was my favourite.


I'd also like to welcome a new blog to the blogosphere. Technically he joined in August but it seems like too long to wait until the end of the month for the Wrap Up so instead here is the link:


And by the way he is a Potter fanatic. 

Okay? Okay!
Marian ^_^