December 31, 2004

Goodbye 2004!

It's actually been quite a shocking year for me in some areas- Highlights:
-I began a slow decline in my level of schoolowork.
-It was my first year with Mr Perkins in ICT.
-A close friend became a more distant friend, and a distant friend became a closer friend.
-I recognised the fact that I actually am good at English.
-In May the blog started, and my second post was about me being tired. So was my fifth, and so on and so on.
-There are a total of 53 posts in this blog. 29 of the titles are related to the content, 19 have titles completely unrelated to the post, and 5 of them have song lyrics/names as titles.
-October and November were decidedly bad months for me. Just read them, they're horrible.
-Fiddler on the Roof happened this year, in which I performed badly, but the entire tproduction was brilliant.
-I saw Beauty and the Beast for the first time this year, along with Battle Royale, Donnie Darko, and a few other movies.
-I became horribly bored at school.
-Helen Clarke drove a very large distance very quickly.
-The school ball happened, and it was quite borng. But the only reason for that was the music and the lack of... things.
-The NaNoWriMo came and went with me writing an astounding 500 or so words. I'll try harder next year, I promise.
-I survived verbal (verbal?) assaults from the comment box, but then they disappeared. Yay.
-I tossed around with career choices, but ended up settling on exactly what I'd had before.

Anyway. Now for the actual new stuff.
I discovered a great (maybe) way to make money. The material to make poi only costs about $6 - And yet, they sell for over $20. They are ridiculously easy to make.
Realising this, I bought the materials I needed to make a prototype poi (I actually got about $35 of stuff, but the webbing for the hand loops was odd so I only got 1 metre of it), and if they work, I'll sell them. I can also try to make devil sticks (measured lengths of dowel with rubber coating and insulation tape), and juggling balls (grain?) and sell them, too.
With some other moeny, I finally bought the Muse CD that I've been waiting Oh-so long for, and am listening to it now. Heaven.

Return of the King still hasn't lost it's shine, even after almost a year of relection of what happens in it. I cried more than I've ever cried before in the space of four hours, I think (Well, consciously, anyway) and... Wow. I want to see it again, but I don't want to spoil the magic. I had previously tried to watch it in the middle of the day, but it didn't have the same effect. Next week, after the house settles down again (This week we've got 3 guests staying - John (An American farmstay person), his mother, and Heather), I think I'll have a marathon of the trilogy with friends overnight. Perhaps on the evening of the seventh, it depends.

Today is New Year's Eve, and I'm at home again. I don't think I've gone out for New Year's for about 3 years now (What a wonderful social life I lead!), and I've been quite happy about that fact. In fact, it doesn't feel like it should be the new year at all - It didn't feel like Christmas, it didn't feel like Summer, Or holdiays, and it probably won't feel like my borthday in... Five day's time?

Jeez, five days time!? Wow. It really doesn't feel like I'll be 17 soon. I've come to grips with the fact that we'll be 7th Form and seniors, which'll be loads of fun, but... Damn. Time is flying by. There's three hours and 10 minutes left of the year as of this point, and I don't think I'll post before then, so Goodbye, 2004, and Hello, 2005! I hope everyone has a Happy New Year, no matter where they may be.

Just for fun, here's a high point to end the year for this blog; when I was shopping today, I bought some Strawberry Gummy lollies imported from Japan, and they had this on the front:
"Strawberry Gummy
Kasugai's strawberry gummy, made from fresh strawberry
juice, is a very delicious gummy.
Please have a fun time with this strawberry gummy."

Man, I love Engrish. ^__^

Oh, and remember to give money to the tsunami victims, if possible. If you're poor, then just send your hope in a small envelope ;).


December 27, 2004

Circumnavigation of the Never-Ending Line

Sorry I haven't updated in a long time, but there's just nothing important to say. This blog will probably sit and rot for awhile... It's become a chore for me to write anything in here.

I've been thinking about starting up something like a Convoblog - Nothing but conversations (Both real life and online) to explain my day. It'll be more fun, and it'll also help my memory; as well as my ability to write convincing dialogue in stories (Which is sorely lacking).

Anyway, Christmas for me was lazy. Mum and Dad got me the LOTR EE DVDs (Oooh, look at all the acronyms), and Duncan got me a book of humourous quotes, Claire got me some shorts (I now own one pair :)).

About halfway through the day, everyone went to bed for a nannynap, which I found odd. I also made a cheesecake for dessert, but the filling didn't set properly (I added semi-frozen berries, which added water to it), and then I added mousse (which sank through the filling) and cream (which followed the mousse). Nevertheless, it tasted good, althougn not as good as the jelly I made (a layer of strawberry, then some gummi ring lollies, then some tropical jelly).

And that's all we did. Ate, slept, lay down, felt full. My new favourite foods are scorched almonds and pickled onions... Actually, I've liked them for ages, but I've finally realised it.

Yay for pickled onions =D!

December 17, 2004

Brave Note

Q: Why didn't I update at all this week?
A: I'm lazy.
But I did take photos.

Last Saturday (I think):
The parade was a good success, etc etc. The team came up the bay hill:

And then went to the Richard Pearse Restaurant.

It was like a big spectacle, there were lots of people coming in and gathering around and stuff. Geoffrey got a free handle, and he's only 14:

I felt left out, but I got free lunch because I was family.
Then we went round to Claire's flat after the parade, and I saw her kitten for the first time. He's called Harvey:

He bit my FotR book (I finally got it back from her drawer! Ra!), my finger, and the strap of Claire's bag (when it was on the table) and the bag fell on the kitten (which was on the floor). Laughter ensued. He's very cute ^_^.

For the rest of the week, nothing exciting happened... Oh wait, Bella had her foal. It's a nice grey filly, it has a name but I can't remember it right now. Piccy:

Alice's foal is now called Harold (which I think is a horrible name for a horse).

I finished FFV (Yaay!), and it made me want to play FF9 (Yaay!) So I did, but got sidetracked with what was on TV (a weird movie), and ended up being killed by an Axolotl (Booo!). I'm having fun :).

I'm sure there was more that I was going to write, but now that I'm here, I can't think of it. It musn't have been very important. The chicks are growing. Oh, the wonders of farmlife.

Wait! Christmas!
I... Don't want anything for Christmas this year. I'm not looking forward to anything, really. My plan of using the money that I'm not using for the failed holiday to buy presents for everyone (Christmas is about giving, after all :P) hasn't proved successful yet, but hey: We bought loads of food today, so at least we'll have something to eat :).

Hm. I thought this would be longer, somehow. Oh well.

December 09, 2004

Semicolon for President


There's alot of stuff been happening in the last two weeks, and I was going to talk about it (really, I was! Honest!) but I can't remember any details, only the fact that there was Mountainview Factor (My little brother's team came last equal)(out of four teams), and that was bloody fun. I didn't like the fact that I had to wake up early again though, and I was dead tired at the end of every day. Luckily, there were only 3 days.

Dad was in the hospital for a grand total of three weeks. He's back home now (well, not right now, because he's in town, but he was home), and he's very skinny and can't do much. It's good to know he's okay, though. I still don't know what exactly was wrong with him, something about his kidneys then his bladder then his stomach...

It's the opening of the Richard Pearce this weekend, and we have to take the horses in for the DB (beer) team. We've been busy cleaning harness, etc... Good fun (-_-). We're also putting them into the Santa parade (Because they can), and I'll take some photos. I hope.

I found my Haloscan password, so I've edited the comment box a little, updating the timezone and changing the name. I've also learned what that Trackback box does, but I've not had any cases in which I've had to use it, soo... It'll just stay empty for now. I also found a post from a guy called Kanibiz while I was on Haloscan (But doesn't show up on last post's comment box), saying that I'd grow up to be a pedophile. I'll just leave that comment with the username :).

There's an Anonymnous poster *points*. He's (She's?) interesting, but that's all I know about him. I just found out I could ban... it from the conment box, but I want to hear what's going on. And banning him wouldn't be very sportsmanlike ;).

I was thinking about writing something about how bands such as Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, and singers like Hillary Duff, etc are absolute crap, but I think that's been done by many people... I'll just leave it :).

After reading through the comments history on Haloscan, there's quite a few comments that don't show up... Odd.

On a finishing note - The semicolon is your best friend. Use it wisely.


Edit - I found Kanibiz's comment! It hadn't disappeared after all! It was at the bottom of the September archives.