Sunday Baking

Today was weird with sun and then hail and rain and so I listened to some music and did some baking.

To make twelve cupcakes (although tbh who only wants twelve really, double that stuff up man):

3 and a half oz of Self-Raising Flour (or Plain Flour and a Teaspoon of Baking Powder)
3 and a half oz of Caster Sugar
3 and a half oz of Margarine (or softened butter, margarine sux)
2 Eggs
1/2 a teaspoon of Vanilla Essence

Ready?

  1. Put on some music (your choice, but it makes the baking experience better) I use this playlist: Laura Marling that I made on Spotify.
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 (that’s 190 degrees Celsius)
  3. Sieve the flour into a large bowl, then mix in everything else. Use a wooden spoon to make it really smooth and creamy. If you want you can use one of those electric whisk thingys. 1403230002
  4. Use a teaspoon to plop some mixture into each of the cake cases, they’re best filled to about half way. (I find two dolloped teaspoons is a good amount)could probs do with a bit more than that Ruby
  5. Bake them in the oven for 15 minutes until they’re firm and golden.watch out it's hot
  6. Leave them to cool for a bit. (eat one, I know you want to)nom
  7. Decorate them in whatever fashion you please! (then lick all the spoons ~bearing in mind there were raw eggs~)
  8. i've got skillz(the most important step) Do the washing up.come on. DO IT.

Wow wasn’t that easy!

Motivation

We had a talk at college the other week called ‘Ace Your Exams’ a very energetic and enthusiastic young man bounced around the stage telling us what to do to do well in exams, and listing the things not to do.

It was good, he was funny and he kept me interested, but to be honest he didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know before, it was all about making a plan and actually revising and doing practice tests. Everybody knows how to do these things, and that they should be doing them.

At the end he asked if we had any questions, and I said ‘It’s all very well telling us what to do, but how do I get motivated?’ In my head I was thinking I mean I know all this but how do I get off Netflix and start making notes from Mary Reid?

His answer was to set a goal, and always have that goal in mind. My goal is to get into Oxford, and I know that I have to get straight As to get in, in my AS and A2s, so why, then, am I writing a blog post, and watching my brother play Dungeon Defenders instead of revising The Executive. I find it so hard to get motivated.

I have little bursts of motivation where in one day I tidy my room and write four blog posts and do all my homework and read five books and clean the house and do my washing. But then I’ll have three weeks where I will write one half-assed essay and groan my way through all my lectures. Even though I know that I have to do well. 

I just don’t have the urgency that I need, and that is totally annoying, because until I can kick myself into gear, I’m not going to excel like I should do. But I just can’t get myself to do it somehow.

I found this excellent post which I would highly recommend you reading if you suffer the same way I do (mostly from pure idleness.) I’m not going to say that reading one post on the internet has changed my life, because that’s a. ridiculous and b. would I be here if it had? but it makes an excellent point, and makes you feel motivated, even if it’s just at the time you’re reading it.

Got any tips for me? ‘Cause I sure as hell need them.

all eleven princesses

That One Time I Accidentally Fell In Love With Disney

(If you haven’t watched Frozen yet ((you should)) but also there may be minor spoilers in this post, this is a PSA)

I never really watched a lot of Disney films when I was little, I was never the sort of child who’d cry if their parents said they’d take her to DisneyLand and to be honest my family weren’t really the Disney type. I had little to no exposure really, I’d seen some of the films, but I wasn’t a Disney fan particularly and I never wanted to be a Disney princess. And then I went to secondary school.

I met some of the most wonderful people I know, and they introduced me to the world of Disney, endless movie marathons, dolls, dresses and sing alongs. My favourite Disney movie is Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and obviously favourite Princess/Queen: Kida. (Sadly) Kida isn’t counted as one of the eleven designated Disney Princesses (who are Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida and now Anna and Elsa have been unofficially added) but she’s still a badass.

My real love of Disney started with Mulan, she’s absolutely great, a strong female character who, at the age of only SIXTEEN, saves the whole of China. The Disney Wiki describes her as: Independent, clumsy, outdoorsy, brave, courageous, outspoken, clever, resourceful, witty, adventurous, tomboyish, creative, self-reliant, tenacious, unique, spirited, astute, sneaky, self-conscious, protective, alert, awkward, procrastinating, pensive, selfless, opinionated, impulsive, absent-minded, ambitious, dogmatic and modest. She’s got a personality.

Since Mulan I have really really loved all the Disney Princesses. Tiana is a lady who works hard to get what she wants, and she doesn’t give up, no matter how hard it gets. Rapunzel beats up a dude with a FRYING PAN and breaks away from an emotionally abusive relationship with Mother Gothel with a ridiculously optimistic outlook on life, to end up marrying the man she loves. In Brave, Merida is young and quirky(even though I hate that word), and the relationship between her and her mother is great, and in the end she doesn’t even get married, that’s her happily ever after. In Frozen (which was originally the reason I started writing this.) it’s about the power of love between sisters, and not about romantic love at all (SPOILER ALERT: Hans is a tool.) Anna and Elsa are fab and I totally want to be Elsa. Frozen is just such a great movie, it  has an important message about letting your children be themselves, and at the end Kristoff even asks before he kisses Anna. Personally I think that Elsa is such a great character because there’s something to be said for how she enjoys her own company.

I just really really love Frozen (and you know, Disney) in fact it’s a close contender for favourite Disney movie, I was going to put a top five here but there is now way I literally cannot decide on a top anything because I love so many of them!

So if anyone wants to buy me an Elsa dress and a Kida costume that’d be swell.

(P.S. If you haven’t already, watch Frozen!! I haven’t really spoiled it, don’t worry!)

(P.P.S I HATE the new drawings of the Disney Princesses, Ugh – but that’s for another post)

1001 Books To Read Before You Die

In the Summer my sister and her house-mate were trying to find me a hobby to pursue, and as I spend most of my time reading they gave me a list of the ’1001 books to read before you die’ with some additions so it comes up to about 1200. I’m not actually sure who compiled the list, but I’ve tallied up the books I’ve read, and the ones I’ve started on an Excel Spreadsheet.

I’ve read 29, and started another 12. I do want to try and complete the list eventually though – it’s one of my two goals! (The other being to break the Guinness World Record for Unicorn collecting – it’s 2719)

I am constantly buying and reading books, and I know this seems like a completely ridiculous goal right now but I really really want to give it my best shot.

New Year’s Resolutions

I didn’t actually have any resolutions last year, but my New Year’s resolutions this year are as follows.

  1. STOP biting my nailsI have some really cool nail wraps that I want to wear, and you would not believe how hard it is to paint your nails when you bite them. 
  2. Buck-up at college. I’m doing okay so far, but not as great as I want to be, so it’s going to be about working harder and using tumblr less. 

And I don’t think there’s anything else, right now anyway.

atonement: three stars

BOOK REVIEW: Atonement by Ian McEwan

Atonement is a novel, split into two parts, telling the story of thirteen year old Briony Tallis, a budding writer with (I think) an inflated sense of her own importance. She misconstrues a scene between her sister (Cecilia) and their housekeeper’s son (Robbie) who is favoured by Mr. Tallis. The book begins with a simple enough mistake and then follows it’s repercussions throughout the years, ending with Briony’s seventy seventh birthday in a postscript written from her perspective.

I actually read this book for my A-Level English Literature course and I finished it over the summer, and generally I enjoyed the story and really raced through the book. Initially I quite liked Briony, I liked the fact that she was a writer and she really liked order, but as the book continued I began to really dislike her and at times she was so wearing I didn’t want to read on. I also felt like it was quite obviously teaching a moral. 

Overall I enjoyed the book and I am enjoying analysing it for my coursework. I’m giving it three stars as It’s not something I would have chosen to read (although inevitably I would have because I’m trying to read the 1001 books to read before you die) but I did like it, and it didn’t feel like a chore that I had to complete, even though I disliked Briony.

Worth the read.