Summer Is So Close And I Am So Ready

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Hello lovelies,

This morning I had my Higher English exam and now I have 2 weeks until Higher Art and then I AM FINISHED SCHOOL FOR EVER and ITS SUMMER. Summer makes me happy. I’m pretty much classing now as the start of my summer holidays because, if I do say so myself, I’m pretty good at Art so I’m not too worried about it if I’m honest. I’ll just do what I always do, spend a few days memorising two essays and I’ll be good to go. So now, because I’m so glad that summer is coming, I am going to list some things that I love in Summer.

1. Sunsets. Or more specifically, walking up a hill on a beautiful evening when the sky is clear, taking lots of pretty pictures and then long boarding back down and home. SO. MUCH. FUN.
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2. Going to public gardens, having a picnic and taking lots and lots of pretty pictures.

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3. BBQ’s and camping on the beach.

(Cannon Beach, Oregon) A family relaxes in front of Haystack Rock, the largest (72m) sea stack on the US coast.  This was the first day of fair weather in weeks on the coast, and the shoeline was dotted with small fires from groups enjoying the sunset. As usual with the people I seem to meet here, they all had relatives in Norway. Or at least these thought they did; as their name started with Mac... I said, sure, you might be Norwegian and took them up on their offer of a shoreside drink or five, to prove my ethnic heritage. I thus missed missed a very nice, partly cloudy post-rain photo op of some large rocks. Oh, well. At last the little girls thought I looked like Johnny Depp. As the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. I need a haircut.

4. Actually being able to read that stack of books that I have accumulated over the year.

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5. Road-tripping to my favorite cities and discovering little cute cafe’s of the way. Bliss.

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What I really want to do more this Summer:

Climb mountains.
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An Easy Recipe

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Today I thought I would share a recipe with you. I’ve made this twice now and it’s really simple but really delicious. When I made it the first time, I was just raiding cupboards because I didn’t know what I wanted for dinner. Then… a masterpiece was created. Okay.. its not that good. Don’t get your hopes up. I just love it, and I’m procrastinating so I thought I would blog about it instead of studying.

What you will need:
– pasta/noodles of any kind.
– salt, mixed spices, pepper (optional)
– Creamy cabbages and other greens (mine is from Morrisons)
– Sweet corn
– Anything else you think would go well

Ok so first of all, I just measured out about a cup of macaroni pasta. However, you don’t really need as much as a cup with these because they are quite small before they’re cooked so you make more than you think you’re making.

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Next, I boiled some water with a pinch of salt and prepared a pan with olive oil for the vegetables.

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After the water was boiling, I poured the pasta in and turned down the heat. Then I just left them until they were soft and cooked the greens.

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Then I just added the sweet corn into the pan and waited for everything to cook and then it was ready. I’m so profound its unreal.

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I stirred it all into a bowl and sprinkled some mixed herbs and pepper. You can pretty much add anything but the cream cabbage thing is the most important for making it taste good and then the sweet corn sweetens it up so it doesn’t taste too leafy.

remind me never, ever to be a chef :’D
I should probably go back to studying….

Much love.

Goodbye School…. HELLO COLLEGE.

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First of all, lets clear the air.
I am terrible at blogging. I have no excuse.

BUT… I got into college!!! *gives self round of applause*
I’m not even sure if I blogged about it, but before the Easter holidays, I had an audition for Edinburgh College and I thought they hated me aha! I can’t even describe how glad I am! I couldn’t stop talking about it to my mum even when there was nothing left to say about it, I just kept rambling on but I’m just so flipping excited to go! I don’t think I’ve been this excited in a long time! Its such a wonderful feeling.
I don’t know what its going to be like… so that makes me super nervous but the college have said that they’ll show me around before my course starts so I know what to expect so that’s good!! And I just need to sort out finance stuff and accommodation but it’s going to be ace!

I realise I’m working backwards here, but yesterday was my last day of school classes EVER. I still have my exams ( I’m actually on study leave now) but apart from that, I am finished. I was thinking about my years at school and there are a few funny things that my friends and I always laugh about:

– My undying love for German that sends me across the globe every year which resulted in me spending 6 MONTHS pestering the department to do Advanced Higher German. It didn’t even work.

– My addiction to tea (which looks more like a mug of milk because I have ‘baby tea’) has led me to adopt the very strong view that the canteen tea is absolutely vile and not up to my standards. At all.

– I insist on taking my own secret stash of cheese to school because I felt like paying an extra 70p (!!!) for a trickle of cheese is absolute insanity.

– The incident where myself and my German gals witnessed a full blown fight on the train in Germany which resulted in a lot of injuries and the police coming to the rescue.

– Mr MacArther falling asleep in most of our German classes that he ‘taught’.

– Sophie and I pretty much crying in Orkney because we genuinely were going to pee ourselves. Drawing much attention to ourselves in the process, it was terrifying. And laughing most definitely did not help.

– Buying Mr Denmark a gift for taking us to Orkney.. But instead, he got really suspicious and thought we were doing drugs and drinking when we were just wrapping a present on the beach… P.s I’m still slightly offended

– ‘Coal is planted.’ according to the genius that I am.

– I have been known to supply myself with a large quantity of yum yums when I’m sad. Basically, you can tell my mood by my food.

I’ll just leave it there.
Much love

5 Things I am Thankful for This Week

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1. My two art essays.
It might sound strange, but I am so thankful this week that I found my essays for Art that I had written in January before the prelims. The two essays (One on designers and one on artists) are about a page and a half long each which doesn’t sound like a lot but I have to memorise three pages.. which kind of is a lot. So having these essays already ready to be checked over by my teacher is a big help.

2. My new song that I am writing.
I wrote a new song on Friday night after I watched a movie called Grace Unplugged (Its so good, you should watch it! – it’s on Netflix). I was crying so much through it.. Okay.. its rated U (or G) but it just made me cry and afterwards I wanted to write a song and its called This Is My Story (MAAAN can’t imagine what thats about?! haha!) and I have been wanting to sum ‘my story’ up in a song for quite a while so I’m glad I was finally able to do it.

3. The Vampire Diaries.
Its a series on Netflix and I really like it so I am thankful for it. I didn’t think I would like it, like at all but I really do.. maybe even more than Pretty Little Liars. They are in competition right now. Watching series’s allow me to relax so I like them :)

4. I am still running!
I go to the gym every second day and I’m not going to lie, today I didn’t particularly feel up for it but once I was there I loved it :)

5. A University offer (which I’m probably not going to take…)
This evening, I received a conditional offer from Aberdeen University, the conditions aren’t as hard as Glasgow (Aberdeen is ABB and their summer school. Glasgow is AAA and their summer school). Anyway, its for German Studies and even though I probably won’t take either of them because I want to do Music, its just a good confidence boost to know that I can be considered for that level of education and everything so yea :) But I really want to hear back from Edinburgh College to see if I got into their course for Music but we shall see. I will update you when I know.

Happy Monday, much love.

Choose Life – 11th of April

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HEIRS AND DOGS

” 1 John 3:1
‘ How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!’

A new convert approached Watchman Nee in deep anguish of soul, saying, ‘No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord. I think I’m losing my salvation.’ Watchman Nee replied, ‘Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen I have a son, a baby son. He throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he’s a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog. My son in my heir! And you are Jesus Christ’s heir because it is fo you that he died.’
It’s deeply liberating to know we are Christ’s heirs not through our strivings for perfections, but simply by means of grace. It’s difficult for us to grasp fully the concept of grace. Maybe this illustration will help: A burglar broke into a house and killed a sleeping baby. If the father tracked down the burglar and killed him, that would be revenge. If the law took its course and the burglar was sent to prison, that would be justice. If the father forgave the burglar, took him into his home, and treated him as his own son, that would be grace. It sounds an absurd scenario, yet that’s what God did for us, even though it was we who killed his son. How about spending some time meditating on that for a while?”

Choose Life – 10th of April

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Successful Or Faithful.

” ‘1 Thessalonians 5:24: “The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will do it.’

We mustn’t confuse success with faithfulness. There is nothing wrong with being successful, but it doesn’t mean you’ve been faithful. Or maybe we simply need to redefine or qualify what success is. Mother Teresa of Calcutta was once asked, ‘How do you measure the success of your work?‘ She looked puzzled for a moment and then replied, ‘I don’t remember that the Lord ever spoke of success. He spoke only of faithfulness in love. This is the only success that really counts.’
Today’s short verse says three things: God calls us. He’s faithful. He’ll do it. If we respond to his call, he will be faithful, and he’ll accomplish what he wants. That’s what Mother Theresa is getting at when she rejects success for “faithfulness in love.”
Are we faithful in what God has entrusted us with – in terms of our talents, our finances, our relationships, our ambitions? Are our ptiorites aligned with his? Whether we’re involved in business, politics, education, or the arts, are we blindly pursuing personal glory and success, or seeking to be Christs ambassador where he has placed us?
Oswald Chambers writes, ‘We are not called to be successful in accordance with ordinary standards, but in accordance with a ear of wheat falling into the ground and dying, becoming in that way what it never could be if it were to abide alone.’
The nature of faithfulness in love is that it is sacrificial. Chris laid down his life for us. In turn what will that look like for you this week?”

Much love

Five Line Friday

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Believe me I know what if feels like
To think so low of yourself that nothing ever feels right
I see the beauty in you, I see the truth

You were made for more
You were made to love and be loved

– Start of a song by me.

Much love

Choose Life – 9th of April.

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Topsy or Turvy was the title of todays reading and I thought I would share it with you because it’s genius.

” 1 Corinthians 1:27,28
‘God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are.’

God’s ways are sometimes topsy-turvy. With him, things work differently. The first are the last and the last are the first. God in heaven becomes a baby on earth. Our life comes through his death. His cross provides our crown. Foolish shame wise. Weak shame strong. His ways are most definitely not our ways. But thank God his ways aren’t ours. In our sophistication, we’ve learned how to make a living but not how to live; we have higher incomes, but lower morals; we have more acquaintances but fewer friends; we have fancy houses but broken homes. The list goes on…
Tosy-turvy… his ways right, our ways wrong.
And when it comes to praying, you might think it reasonable to pray for comfort, peace, joy, wisdom, but this Franciscans prayer offers us the total opposite.

‘May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach our your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in this world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.’

Lord I choose – maybe with some hesitation, but convinced it is your will – to embrace this benediction for my life today. Amen!”

– Choose Life by Simon Guillebaud

I almost shouted at my book as I was reading the prayer by this Franciscan but as I kept reading, it strangely made sense. What do you think?

Much love

Making Time for the Things You Love.

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I was planning on writing about Human Trafficking today. Or sharing my English Essay on Human Trafficking with you but I am leaving that for another day.

These Easter Holidays I have been focusing very much on things that I love to do. During term time, I get stressed. Really really stressed 24/7 and I thought I would give myself at least a week to try and relax. No studying has been accomplished this week. I feel guilty, honestly. In my head I’m like “but what if studying this week would make a big difference for my exams” or “What if I go back to school and everyone has done ten times more work than me” or “What if the teacher is disappointed in me”. BUT I have decided that I want to have some time to do things other than school. Life isn’t just about school after all. And next week, I will study.

So

I was a runner. School interhouse games – I was there. Sports day – my favourite.
I know, I’m laughing inside too. I barely do ANY sports now. No, lets rephrase that, I DO ZERO SPORTS. We can keep laughing about this.. but I was the second fastest girl in Primary School and the fastest girl in High School ( I caught up with my competition lol). It got to the point in church sports days where I would win but they would let someone else win because it wasn’t fair apparently. Which as you can imagine, me as an 11 year old, I was not happy. But all of that doesn’t really matter, the moral of the story is that I forgot how much I miss running.

I went to the gym yesterday. Which was scarier than I thought it would be. I was really nervous for reasons I won’t bore you with but I really liked it. I haven’t been the the gym in probably almost exactly a year and it felt good to go back. I never run on the tredmills because it makes me really anxious but yesterday I went at a time when not many people go to the gym and I went in knowing that I wanted to run again and it was so good. Its hard to describe, but the feeling of running, I just love.

Another thing that I have been doing because I love it, is art. Specifically word art though. I have never actually really gotten into this type of art but I follow quite a few people on Instagram who have real talents for it and I wanted a way to remember all of these inspirational quotes that I like so I thought this might be the perfect way.

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What do you love to do?

Much love

Travelling Tuesday – Long Beach, CA

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This first blog post for Travelling Tuesday is just so predictable of me, I apologise.

California.

Such a typical place for a teenage girl to want to visit, right?
I agree. But I have talked about wanting to go to America for years and years and years and this is one of the places that I would most like to visit.

First of all, the name is beautiful. Imagine being able to say “I live in Long Beach”. It just sounds pretty. Then, we also have the obvious fact that it looks absolutely stunning. 

I mean.. come on.

I read from a travel website that “Located in the heart of Southern California, Long Beach blends the urban sophistication of a big city with the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort. Discover diverse hotels, world-class attractions, cutting-edge museums, award-winning restaurants and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, with 5.5 miles of sandy beach front, plus miles of inland bays and waterways, Long Beach basks in the warm glow from our year-round California sun.”

Perfect.

Things To Do in Long Beach

– Queen Mary Ocean Liner
– The Aquarium of The Pacific
– The Pike (An amusement park, I think!)
– Visit Naples (Naples is a neighborhood of Long Beach, California, United States, built on three islands located in Alamitos Bay. The islands are divided by canals which open into the bay. Most of the streets on the island have Italianate names)
– The Walter Pyramid
– Soviet Submarine B-427
– Shopping (obviously)

Where to Stay in Long Beach

Hyatt The Pike:
Hyatt The Pike Long Beach
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel:
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Hotel Maya:
Hotel Maya - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Writing this blog post did not help my desperation to visit this country. At All.
Much love
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