Friday, December 11

December: Book Reviews


Sapient

    I must thank Kelsey, the publisher, for sending me this book by Jerry Kaczmarowski. It’s always interesting to read a book without having a notion what on earth it is about. Usually I read blog reviews on new releases and check out stars on goodreads before i even consider buying a book. This can set up a lot of expectations that does have quite an affect on the read. Having no expectations and just letting the story evolve without prejudgment is very refreshing.
     This 373 page novel had me bickering with myself on whether or not I liked it. It begins with testing animals. Straight away I had a bad feeling. Because it wasn't like the book was supporting or opposing such testing. It made me wonder was stuff like this still going on. So my first impression was shock and almost disgust. However despite my own moral conflicts with that subject I found the story was really engaging. I didn’t want to like it yet I couldn’t help but really enjoy it. Basically its about a woman working in an animal test lab who has a autistic son and who becomes very involved with her work because she thinks what they develop will help her son. Its interesting to see the relationships between a mother and her son and between animals. The book develops into an incredible read while getting to know the autistic boy, the almost-smart dog and the highly intelligent rat. I’d recommend this book to anyone who isn’t too soft hearted. I surprised myself by really enjoying because it is actually a very good story. I give it 4 stars. ★ ★ ★ ★

Anna and the French Kiss

I bought this book on a whim, thinking it was going to be fantastic. I mean, almost ever blog out there raves about it. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone who doesn’t love it. However I didn’t. In fact I was very disappointed to find it was just another version of Eleanor and Park.Another romance book. A book only about boy meets girl - where is the plot? This wouldn’t be too bad if I liked the characters. But no. The characters didn’t appeal to me much. I should have guessed from the title “Anna and the French Kiss” and the pink cover. On the bright side it was a very easy read. There wasn’t too much information to remember and the writing style was lovely and simple. I also loved the setting, Paris. Yet I just feel that the book was missing something. Perhaps a story? Unfortunately I give it only 2 stars. ★ ★

We Were Liars

I received this book from Michelle of Tales Of Yesterday about a year ago. To my delight it is signed by the author. This book is like no other. As I was reading it I thought it was very good but nothing extraordinary. It seemed very weird. The story revolves around the Sinclair family. One of those old rich uptight families that own their own island. The writing is beautiful and very dramatic at times. It wasn’t until the end when you find out something that changes the whole book. I was in total shock - what had just happened? Everything I’d previously read was a lie and the whole world seemed to turn upside down. Just - asdfgh!!! I absolutely loved this book and hated it. Everyone has to read it. It will kill you! 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★


What did you think of these Books?
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Marian  ^_^

Monday, November 23

DIY: Inspiration Board


Over the summer I began collecting little things from magazines or saving pinterest images that I really liked and caught my attention. Things that when I looked at them they reminded of happy memories or inspired me to be better and work harder. I acquired a lot of these because lets face it I Love a lot of things. In fact it was hard to choose which ones to keep. I had a bajillion pictures of owls. Cause they're just so  adorable <3 right?!? (speaking of owls, my boyfriend got me a little figurine of Hedwig last week - cue the "awwwwwws")

Anyhoo, all of these pictures I kept to make an inspiration board. Basically an inspiration board is a sheet of paper with everything you love condensed into this little area and then stuck to your wall as a decoration and can be viewed at any time to uplift mood, inspire motivation or just look longingly into Andrew Garfield eyes as you wait for the day he shows up and asks to marry you. (what's that look for? )

I made one of these a few years back. As you can see my taste and style has changed...

I also decided to pattern the sheet of paper first. I used tea and a cup to make tea stain patterns and let it dry overnight. It was either that or attach a tea bag to the page, but I would probably have taken it off sometime when I would be in desperate need of a cup of tea - much like now actually. I really Love tea.


If you are on pinterest, you can find some of my inspiration board pictures HERE. 
Tell me what inspires you? Do you stick pictures on your wall?

Merry Christmas!
Marian ^_^

Friday, November 13

All the Colours



I absolutely adore the colours of Autumn. The reds, yellows, oranges, greens. It's so spectacular and beautiful. That's one of the many reasons I love Autumn. Winter is coming and it's finally *socially acceptable* to be excited for Christmas. Although I've been listening to festive songs since mid June ( so what? Don't judge me :L ).  And Autumn is cold enough to start wearing wooly jumpers, get wrapped up in coats, put on multiple layers of socks and not to mind gloves, scarfs and hats! Best of all is sitting by the fire, with a cup of tea, and a good book in hand. So this is my collection of pictures of Autumn.  
What's your favourite Season and why?

Merry Christmas!
Marian   ^_^




Sunday, September 20

My Not-So-Summer

A typical summer in the life of me:

Finish school in an exhilarated, exhausted daze of relief looking forward to 3 months of bliss, travel, excitement and freedom (in a Dobby-with-a-sock type way). For the past few years I’ve managed to jam pack my summers with lots of fun things. I’m not someone who likes to lay around at home doing nothing. Aint nobody got time for that. I believe in living your life now. Who knows what will happen tomorrow - so do it today! I usually start off with a week at home of rest, recuperation, reading, baking and some well needed cleaning, Then I would go traveling with my friends. So far we’ve gone to London and Paris and Disneyland. Of course I fell completely in love with these places. The architecture, the culture, the cafes, the people-watching, the toy-store in London, the bookshops in Paris, the smell of freshly baked croissants and the bargain price burger when you literally have only cents left. I have longing to explore and to see the world and summers are the best time to do that. For the remainder of the summer, I spend a few weeks in Sligo at my Cousins’ and go to Spain with my family. I visit friends and go to the beach. I’ve been to Irish College, learned the guitar, redecorated my room, read books on the grass and stayed up late at night watching the stars come out. Every summer I write a bucket list of things I’m going to do. Half of these I don’t get done but I like to be ambitious.

However the summer of 2015 was different.
It was my summer but it was also not my summer.

When I finished college, I had a three week gap before I was going to start working as an intern in Intel in Ireland. I was excited and very nervous. I would be living away from home, knowing nobody. I would leave all my friends behind as they would have fun and make memories without me. I would leave my poor poor cat and hope she wouldn’t forget me. But then one day, during these three weeks, my Dad was working cutting trees when he fell off one and hit his head and fractured his spine. He was in hospital for a few nights and I was terrified and didn’t know what was going to happen. Whether he’d be able to walk again. Who would mind him? Would I have to stay home this summer? Would I have to drop out of college? How could we pay the bills?
I cried for hours at night and couldn’t sleep and hardly ever ate. I was falling apart and even thought he might die. Incredibly fortunately he didn’t need surgery and was put in a brace for 3 months. But he could hardly move and had to sleep on the floor. So I took full responsibility for everything. I did what I usually did; cooking, cleaning, shopping. But I also had to do all the driving, cleaning and making the fire, feeding the cats, washing clothes, ironing, looking after my sister, helping her with her homework, drive him to the hospital. Without help it was hard. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but I was exhausted. I didn’t have time to do anything I wanted to do. I only left the house to buy food or bring Dad to the hospital. Without knowing it I was turning into a hermit.

Just before I left to start my internship, I met up with 3 friends. And they talked about what had been happening in their lives. Lives that didn’t really include me anymore. As they talked I sat in silence. Being more silent than I usually am. I was trying to stop myself from screaming. I felt like I was drowning. All I wanted to do was to run away. And these were my friends. But they felt like strangers. That night I went home and ran through a few fields before I just lay crumpled in the grass and cried.

In their own turn, my friends messaged me and asked me why I had been so quiet. I told them how I felt bad and what was happening at home. I said I would be okay.

I went off to my internship and stayed in a b&b type place where I had a small little room and a tiny en-suite and a little skylight window that i thought was pretty cool at the start but then it began to feel like a prison. > I walked to work and back everyday. I was probably the youngest on site and with the least amount of knowledge. I learned  how to use the Linux command Line and how to instal OS. I worked on virtualisation but needed help with everything cause it all just went whoosh - right over my head. There were 36 interns in total working that summer. I got to know a few and became good friends with one in particular. We had donuts every week but I hated going to this. I loved the free cookie but having to socialise made me sick. So I started coming up with excuses like I was too busy working or had to leave work early or something.

The interns were given a challenge to build something with a Galileo board and were given a room on site to improve. We were divided into teams and I helped work on the Gym room and did the CSS on our website. We made a little model with lego for our demo. We showed how we tracked equipment usage with sensors and used this to record workouts per member with their badge and then they could look online to see how much they had exercised and on what machine for all time or for day/week.. etc. We showcased this at the end of August and to our immense surprise we won!

Getting to work in such an environment, work on the Galileo challenge, and learn many things was a great experience. I just wish I had tried more. Like throw my hand at everything even if I failed. Or get to know people, colleagues and make connections. I also wish I had found better accommodation because living on your own in a room with nothing but a bed and lamp was awful. I wasn't allowed to use the cooker and in the morning I could only have toast, tea or cereal. I ate my dinner at work around 12/1 and didn’t eat until the following day then. So I started to go to the shop on the way home to get a sandwich cause I was starting to starve. When I went home I went for a shower and just lay in bed talking to my soon to be boyfriend. With so much time to think I started to analyse everything in my life. I listened to sad music and cried myself to sleep. I thought about my family, my friends, my mother, people out in the world who had it so much worse. I felt like crap most of the time and had no interest in reading or baking. I was lacking positivity and motivation.

I did come home at weekends but with all the traveling that meant only a day and a half at home. So I tried to fit this time with meeting friends, dates, going to cousins. All the time my sister telling me that I don’t spend enough time with her. Thus I began to just stay at home. I didn’t want to go out.

But now I’m back and much happier. But still really bad at socialising. I crawled under my duvet and cried the first morning of college because I couldn’t handle being with so many people.

But it was okay. I got through it.


And now I’m looking forward to Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Marian  ^_^

Thursday, September 3

The Blog Awards

The Awards appear to be back. And they will probably continue to circulate in a terrifying infinite loop of doom. As these are my first nominations in over a year I'm childishly excited about them ^_^  It feels great to be thought of when other bloggers have to nominate other blogs. There is a million other blogs in the blogosphere and you pick me? I am humbled...



The One Lovely Blog Award


This is from the absolutely Lovely Emily from Emily Etc. My last award over a year ago was also from her so a big Thank You! to her ^_^ and I insist you go read her blog because it is one of my favourites!


The Rules:
1.  Thank whoever nominated you  ✔
2.  List Rules and display award  ✔
3. Give Seven Facts.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and notify them
5. Display award photo and follow the blogger who notified you 

The 7 Facts about dear old Me:
1. I am 19 years old and that terrifies me because I'm not ready for life out there.
2. Reading and Harry Potter and reading Harry Potter always make me happy
3. I am actually quite a mature person and had to grown up fast when I was young. I have been cooking meal, washing dishes, ironing clothes and doing the weekly shop since I was 10 years old.
4. I hate being called shy but I know I am very quiet. Not so much around close friends. If I am totally comfortable and depending on my mood I can be bubbly and chatty but really I am very introverted and talking to people my own age makes me very nervous
5. I love little tidbits and often seeks out quirky and unusually jewellery in arcades and markets. I nearly always wear my elephant necklace
6. I am studying Computer Science in  College but I still have no idea if that's what I want to do for the rest of my life.
7. I passed my driving test very recently :D

I nominate:




The Versatile Blogger Award

I must thank the Lovely Kat for this award. I am thrilled that you think my little blog and I can be considered versatile. In truth I hate to stick to the same thing. I like to be open and flexible. And as you can see from my very scattered posts that I really am so inconstant. Make sure to check out Kat's blog - Word Spillers - her book reviews and gif use are top notch ^_^



The Rules:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you. ✔
2. Post 7 facts about yourself
3. Nominate 15 bloggers of your own

Another 7 Facts About Me:

1. My Favourite Movie is The Breakfast Club
2. I am scared of bathtubs and will never ever take a bath for as long as I live. Showers please.
3. I like to write lists and often timetable my day. I know, I'm weird.
4. I love my friends and probably don't appreciate them enough. I also have difficulty expressing feelings in person. I'm much better at writing it down
5. I love hugs. People should hug more often.
6. Travelling exhilarates me. I fall in love with places. I have a strong yearning to just go. To run. To explore hidden treasures.
7. I think too much. Thinking can be good but there is a point where it becomes unhealthy and leads down a slippery slope. I often cross that line.

I nominate: 

Kat
Emily

Thank You Kat!!!

Blogger Recognition Award

And once again another humongous gigantic castle-sized Thank you to the fantastic Kat from Word Spillers. This is a fancy schmany award that I have never heard of before so I am delighted to pass it on to those who deserve it.


The Rules:

1. Write a post to show off your award and display the image. ✔
2. Give a brief story on how your blog got started, and give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. ✔
4. Pick 15 other bloggers to give this award to and list them in your post. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who nominated you.
5. Let each person know that you nominated them.
6. Provide a link to the original post, Edge of Night. That way anyone can find the original guidelines and can keep the award from becoming mutated or confusing. ✔

How my blog got started:

Sitting in English class one day in 2012 a week before summer, my teacher Ms. Foley is talking about a blog she occasionally reads. It is written by Scarllett Curtis and is called Teen Granny (since then it is no longer in use). I had never heard of this blog or even what a blog was. I didn't use social media, or even the Internet hardly. I sat around reading books and baking cakes. But Ms. Foley's story about this young girl fascinated me. Scarlett was just a teenager who unfortunately became quite sick and was in a wheelchair for a time. This of course made her reserved and eventually depressed. As someone who has grown up knowing friends and family who suffered this terrible thing I was obviously interested to learn more. Instead of doing normal teenagerish things like partying and socialising, Scarlett baked, knitted and watched a crazy amount of Grey's Anatomy. She was essentially a Teen Granny. I read tonnes of her posts and felt so inspired and compelled that I took a deep breath and made my own blog called Inkdropperr. I was alone in the blogosphere for about a month until I found blogs that seemed to be friends with each other. And then I discovered that there was communities in this blogosphere. And I felt so thrilled reading and commenting on these blogs. In the beginning my blog was atrocious of course. It was renamed Accio Wonderland and soon lated called A Certain Perhaps. Then a year ago when I finished secondary school and was about to start College I changed completely. I started a whole new blog. Because through out my blogging experience I had also changed. I was no longer the naive innocent 16 year old who talked about interesting chocolates she had for tea. I needed to move on. So welcome Ivory Clouds. I am a far less frequent blogger now. But that bloggy happiness feeling that I felt the first day back in 2012 is still here. Perhaps in the future I will be Granny Teen. An eighty year old who fan girls over books and cuts scraps of paper out of magazines to hang on my bedroom wall.

Advice to new bloggers:

We are bloggers. We are human. Talk to other bloggers, get to know them, comment on posts, follow on bloglovin, fangirl on twitter. Just get involved and make friends! Blogging is about sharing enthusiasm on things you love. It's much more fun if there's someone to share it with.

I nominate:

Sunny
Emily
The Fence of Stars
Rita
Hawwa


Thank You!

I'm fairly sure that half these bloggers I have nominated don't know I exist but  I picked ones I enjoy to read and that fit with the award. No one is under any pressure to accept or carry on the award.  So I'm sorry if you have a no acceptance of awards policy. Otherwise Congratulations!


Happy Blogging Everyone!
Marian  ^_^

Sunday, August 2

Potter Talk

If you haven't realised by now how insanely obsessed I am with Harry potter then.....

My life mostly revolves around Harry Potter. No wait - Harry Potter IS life. Anyone who tries to argue with me - LIES!!

I watch all the films on a monthly basis. Currently on Prisoner of Azkaban ( gawd I just love that one!! ) We started again on 31st July because it was Harry Potter's birthday. 

And even though I have a tbr pile a mile high ( I could build a castle out of them and then live in it ) I REALLY want to reread all the Harry Potters. I just have to. It is a necessity!

I've just always loved Harry Potter, the books, the films, the world, the magic, the friendships, the realistic everyday life, the messages, and that amazing plot line. ALWAYS! 
So it's no surprise that one of my favourite things to watch on youtube is HarryPotteresque videos. I love some of the ones with songs that fit to different parts. Like these: 




This one killed me. Just ---! sob! :(



Because the Weasleys hold a special place in my heart.

And because who doesn't love fall out boy?

This is THE classic Harry Potter song.

Which is your favourite? ^_^
Always
Marian ^_^

Friday, July 24

Kitty Hawk [the Curse of the Yukon Gold]

An unexpectedly engaging read that led me on an adventure one only dreams of as a child.

Title: Kitty Hawk and The Curse of the Yukon Gold
Author: Iain Reading
goodreads
★ ★ ★ ★

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska's inside passage and Canada's Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

*I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

My first thoughts when I received this book was that it was definitely suited for a much more younger audience. Looking at the cover and reading the synopses made me a little sceptical. But in fact once I got past a couple of chapters I found myself enthralled in Kitty Hawk's little adventure. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to live a fun (and often frightful) adventure that is as imaginative as a kid with dreams as high as the stars. It was refreshing to be pulled into a story that's main plot doesn't revolve around falling in love.

There is a very good story to this book that gets more and more intriguing as you turn the page. I was constantly being fed new little bits of information that don't seam that important until later when you encounter that moment where everything clicks into place in your mind. It is no doubt an adventure book but it also teaches you little things along the way.

I absolutely adored the characters in this. I mean Kitty is just --- asdfgh! She flies her own plane!! What other teenager do you know that can fly a plane not to mind own one, fly it to Canada, use it to research whales AND fly it up a mountain while being held hostage   *<=spoiler*
I also really loved Charlie. There was just something about him that felt so real and I would definitely love him to be my brother. Also Will. I thought he was pretty cool.

Kitty Hawk is an adventure series that I really hope to finish. I enjoyed it very much and it was nice to read something different. After a while YA books can start to blend together. They become predictable. I like to step out of that genre now and again and experience new things. And Kitty proved a lovely choice.

★ ★ ★ ★
Happy Reading!!
Marian   ^_^


Monday, June 22

A little Letter to you

Dear people who are bothering to read this,
        first of all, thank you for reading this. It means a lot. Especially when someone goes to the effort of thinking, brainstorming, and trying to condense all that nonsense into words, it's nice to know that someone is going to value your efforts. Or at least briefly glance at your shocking attempt of a blog post.
       Secondly, I hope you all remember me. It's been a long time since I've even looked at anything to do with blogging. I even hesitated before remembering what my URL is! So that's obviously a bad sign. I had such high hopes for blogging during May, June... since I no longer have college or study to be doing. But instead I became even more busy.
       I started working. Like proper working. 9 to 5:30. Monday to Friday. In a real company. REAL! With other REAL people. And let me tell you - it is exhausting!!! I'm just starting my fourth week and I am in need of a major holiday. The work itself isn't that hard. Well it probably is, only I just don't know how to do anything. I am only an intern but like I have no clue about anything. It's all computery, high tech, modern stuff that has me going "umm...what?"
       On top of that, I am working far away from home. So that means I had to move out. And it takes ages to get here from home. Therefore I no longer have Friday or Sunday nights. They do not exist. I spend them in a car. Usually overthinking and questioning every move I make. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing. Somedays I have such a clear view in mind that I can feel like I could take on the world then other days I want to curl up under the duvet because nothing makes sense anymore.
        There's been a lot of stuff happening too. Not just in the world of me myself and I. Friends I have went through a tough time and I had to mind my Dad for a while when he had an accident. And everything just felt like a mess.
        Now things are sort of back on track. But when is anything ever perfect? Just enjoying the happiness and calmness before the next inevitable hurdle.
        So I'm trying to juggle work, family, friends (new and old), blogging, reading and other hobbies I used to love to do. I will try my best. But no guarantees.
And how are you all?!
Happy Blogging!
Love you lots like Jelly Tots :L
Marian  ^_^


Wednesday, May 13

A Home for Books : The Bookshelf Link-Up

Sunny over at her lovely blog A Splash of Ink is hosting a Link-Up. And the wonderful theme is of course books! More so how we organise our beloved books. But books!! I think that's my favourite topic. I could talk FOREVER about books. The stories, the characters, the covers, the fonts....! But let's just focus on the organisation of books. A nicer way to put it - Where my Books live.

1. If you can, share a picture of your bookshelves.

I have two main areas for my books.  My bookshelf which is full ( there, by the door ) and another shelf over my desk that also holds teddy bears and little trinkets. Up until a week ago though, most of those books were scattered around my room serving as tables and holding doors open.

2. How do you sort your books?

I like to keep all my tbr books separate from all the other books I have read. Currently my to-be-read books are on top of the bookshelf. There is about 15-20 of them. Then everything else is organised by author and then prettiness of the spines. I don't like to have too many dark covers close together.

3. Do you have any special trinkets or decorations on your shelves, or are they purely business?

I have a few cute ornaments like snow globes and jewellery boxes on the shelf. I also have a little origami collection made from different friends. My room is really small so everything is squished together and can look very cluttered. I also have a Time Turner from Harry Potter that I bought at a comic book store in Paris that I keep in its box proudly on the shelf. Everything I love is kept there. I really want to get some fairy lights to hang around it.


4. What genre dominates your bookshelf? Or what genres make up your bookshelf?


YA. Mostly. Followed by Fantasy and Contemporary with a hint of classic.

5. Are there any books on your shelf that you're particularly proud of?

All of them! I love each and every one of my precious books! But I do LOVE LOVE my Harry Potters. They're getting old and faded but they are one of those things I couldn't live without. I haven't taken a proper picture of them but they are on the middle shelf of my bookshelf in that little photo up there.

6. What is the ratio between read books and TBR books on your shelf?

Ehmmm...... maybe 3:1. I do have a lot of borrowed books that I haven't read. They are in a different part of my room so alas are not in any photos. But my TBR pile continues to grow.

7. What is the most recent addition to your bookshelf?

I bought these beauties yesterday: ^_^

8. Describe your dream bookshelf setup.
The only way I can describe it is through Belle's library in Beauty and the Beast. I want a whole library for a bookshelf. I want ladders and stairs and hideaways. A little book nook with comfy cushions and an old window to look out at the rain. And a secret door that looks like part of the shelf!
*sigh*
That was fun! And thanks to Sunny! Be sure to stop by her blog and see what others have linked up!
Happy Reading!
Marian ^_^

Monday, May 4

April Wrap Up

April was exam month for me. It still is, I guess. I currently have two more exams left before Dobby will be Free!! XD Of course this would also happen to be the month that I decide to start blogging again. It's not like I had any study to be doing.... oh wait! :L
I did a huge amount of baking in the space of a week. I made chocolate cake, banana bread, cookies, red velvet cupcakes and oreo cookies. I'll post a few recipes when I get a chance. I've also been doodling, taking photos and flinging paint at paper ( not my sister - I swear! ).

Posts I did in April:





What I'll be reading in May:


(made with the help of Sunny's post)

Here's a (published!) poem by my friend Luke. Let me know what you think! 

Eve

 It stood shakily on the shore,
eyes gleaming ,dripping wet,
she blocked out the horizon no sun no more,
a spectre now stood where the sun will set.

 one stomp to fifty steps,
one leap to a hundred,
two final leaps of faith,
 two wings to reach her goal.

 A glistening metropolis lay untouched,
like ripe fruit for the picking,
she landed with a quake,
every man stood still as she shook.

 A beast amongst concrete monoliths,
surrounded by Human ambition,
built on the spoils of war and greed,
time to let loose
       toppling, turning,
            flipping,
                   and a spin.

the sand fell,bucket tipped,
playtime over,
toys away,
     Eve wandered in home,
 she really is a little monster.
    ~  by Luke Coffey

Goodbye April!
Marian  ^_^

Friday, April 24

Oreo Stuffed Cookies


This recipe was one of the first I ever posted on my old blog. It is one of my favourite things to bake. Oreo + Cookie = Perfection. It's like there's a surprise waiting for you inside. The original creator is from Picky Palate. You can find the recipe HERE.  I find it a little confusing because it uses the american measurement system. Just make sure the dough isn't too sticky or else it will expand ten times more than they usually do. You will need to space them out a lot - they grow!!!





Use your hands to mould the dough around the oreos. 


Some oreo goodness! I think these are wonderfully, creative baking ideas.
Let me know if you make them.
Happy Baking!
Marian  ^_^

Sunday, April 19

Photograpy

A big part of blogging is photography. It's the first thing that will catch your readers attention. But it's also a very enjoyable hobby. With our recent sunny weather I decided to carry my camera around with me for the day. I'm trying to improve my photo taking skill and have been looking up tips on pinterest.


Sunday, April 12

Life Happens

I often joke about having no life and that I spend way too much time doing grannyish things, like baking and knitting. I have no shame in saying that my typical weekend is full of reading wondrous books, knitting wooly hats, baking marvellous cakes and taking inept photos of cats. I would much prefer to nestle up under a blanket with a mug of tea and watch Harry Potter or Notting Hill rather than having to attempt to put on make up and go "out" pretending to be cool and completely in my comfort zone while really feeling very awkward and slightly terrified.

So it's strange when suddenly I have very little time to do any of my usual grannyish stuff. Instead I am so busy with college assignments, projects, exams and the pressure that comes from all that, not to mind missing my old friends, worrying about what other people think, trying to save money whilst freaking out about the future.... There just isn't enough hours in the day to get everything done. And anyway I'm just too tired to do much more than watch an hour of TV before falling asleep at 9pm.

Without anything interesting to write about, my blog has become very silent. I probably could have ranted away in posts ( like what I'm doing now ) but that kind of stuff is for a diary. And my blog isn't a diary. My blog is a place to share cool and inspiring things whether it be a great new book, a yummy recipe or just some paintings I did. Avada Kedavra negativity and Accio fun!

Over the last month(x3) here is what I have been up to.
(inspired my Cat's posts)

Watching
  • Grey’s Anatomy 
  • Friends 
  • Harry Potter 
  • Monte Carlo 
  • Notting Hill 
  • Maid in Manhatten

Reading 
  • 1984 
  • Vegabond 
  • Kitty Hawk 
Baking
  • Cake. Lots of cake 
Listening to
  • TFiOS soundtack 
  • House of Gold { Twenty One Pilots 
  • Riptide ( Vance Joy 
  • I’m Coming Out { Diana Ross 
  • Don’t stand so close to me { The Police 
Studying
  • German 
  • HTML 
  • Python

How is life in the blogosphere? What have you been up? Anything mad and hairy happening?
Have a wonderful day!
Marian  ^_^

Sunday, March 22

When the muggles get you down.

So lately I’ve been kind of stressed. I mean I’m always stressed or worried about something but more so at the moment. And it’s not like there is anything huge happening in my life. Even last year when I was doing the Leaving Cert, I didn’t get overly distressed. I did have one or two minor breakdowns but isn’t that what’s expected when you’re told at 17 that you’ll have two weeks to do an exam based on everything you should have learnt over that last two years and the results will ultimately decide your life. Yeah, so with hindsight, I think I coped quite well. I did go on a chocolate binge around June though. It was blissful :)


Right now though, I just feel like I am under so much pressure. I constantly think that I am falling behind. Everything is just jumbled up. My mind is in disarray. I am letting these small little things get to me. I just have so much work, projects, assignments and a German oral to deal with. Just the other day I missed my first ever lecture and wasn’t able to pick up an exam paper to do over the weekend and now I’ve lost 5%. Not a huge loss but when you’re working your ass off to get a grade average over 75% to keep a scholarship I think I am allowed to freak out. But then I start to think… am I allowed to be worried about this? Something as mundane and minor as this? Because when you put it in retrospect of the world this is just a speck on the windshield. There are people starving out in Africa and children working in slave labour in India for god sake! How can I get upset about an assignment due in a week when I know that there is someone else out there who doesn’t even have the opportunity to go to school, not to mind reach college?


Then of course this makes me worry more about the rest of the world and feel terrible about being so selfish. It seems I’m stuck in this carousel of anxiety and guilt. So I wonder when is it okay to feel bad about something so insignificant? Like if someone close to you dies, you should be allowed to feel awful and upset even though there are thousands of other people out there who have lost a lot more than one friend or family member. Where is that fine line between arrogance and self-esteem?



Let’s face it, you are going to get upset. It’s inevitable. Whether it’s because your hair looks like crap or your dog died. Whatever the reason, it will get you down and make you feel like you have the worst life ever. While that’s probably no where near true I think you should be allowed your hour of self-pity. Because afterwards you might realise how stupid you were being. It’s okay to feel like shit sometimes but just remember that things will always get better. Just try not to let the muggles get you down.



Happy Blogging!
Marian  ^_^

Friday, February 27

Book Covers

I probably love book covers way too much. I could stare endlessly at them in libraries and admire them with longing in book shops. I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover but I think the other way is also appropriate. Don’t judge a cover by its books. For instance; Twilight. The writing is terrible and the story is WAY over hyped ( even though at one stage in my life I admit I did obsess over it…but let’s just forget that.). Yet the cover, I think is wonderfully clever and simple.

Book covers are a hugely important part of a book. They’re what a reader see’s first and will instantly leave an impression. Essentially they are an advertisement for the book. its purpose is to get you to pick it up. However book covers can go brilliant right and also terribly wrong. Let’s face it, a bad cover will affect my judgement of the book. I know it really shouldn’t, but it does. Here’s a few of my favourite book covers that I own and often look at.








Other book covers I like:
So what's your favourite book covers?
Marian   ^_^

Saturday, February 21

You Got Mail

Just before Christmas last year, I won two giveaways.... on the same day. How lucky is that? I mean, I never win stuff. Never. And then all of a sudden - bam!
So, yeah, that made ecstatically happy. The first one was from the lovely Michelle at Tales of Yesterday ( click HERE ). Through her twitter giveaway I won a signed copy of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. And from the wonderful Sunny at a Splash of Ink (click HERE), I won a surprise giveaway that came in the post last week. It was for her blog reaching 100 followers so CONGRATULATIONS Sunny - you deserve every one of them! :D
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Here's a few photos:


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It's so PREEEDEEE!!

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A HUGE thank you to both Michelle and Sunny for these wonderful gifts
Happy Saturday!
Marian   ^_^