Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year for 2014!!

I have a had a great start to the new year! Just simply hanging out with a few people who mean something to me. It was simple, relaxed and fun. With a few drinks… and fireworks on the beach. I couldn’t have asked for anything better! 

Then today I played board game upon board game and a few card games too with a couple of my friends and it reminded me of my childhood days. A lot of time back then was spent simply doing just that. 

So like normal instead of the new years resolution that might get broken my April… I have a small list of more things I want to do in 2014:

– Do a better job of looking after my teeth

– Get rid of unwanted stuff! 

– Exercise more

– Catch up with friends and family more often

– Spend quality time with above mentioned

– Do some volunteer work

– Complete my creative writing class and some stories too

– Save for a car now that I have my driver’s licence

I think that will do for now…

I hope you have all enjoyed celebrating the new year and that you remember that 2014 will the best that it can be! 

🙂 

She did not get “Friends” straight away.

As I think about the past year and being persistent with pursuing my teaching career. I think about how positive thinking has taken on many forms. It has not always come easy. In fact to think positively is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. It is not natural when you are feeling down, frustrated, angry and disappointed in life to change those thoughts into something positive. But if you don’t life inevitably becomes almost impossible to live. 

Difficult life situations although hidden by being hard to deal with can actually become things that are good in life. Because we learn from them. I know one day I will look back on today. I will look back on the time that I am in now trying to figure it all out and I will think about how far I have come. I know this to be true because I have already experienced this feeling. I have already reflected on life events that happened once upon a time. Knowing this to be true is one of the many reasons why I keep going.

I am happy for those people who got teaching jobs last year and thanks to social media I have become aware of roughly how many but also roughly how many who didn’t. Some of these people who went on to get jobs have also been complaining about the work load. It is a double edged sword to achieve what you want. To those people who have full time teaching jobs, I urge you to not complain. Because out of thousands of graduates you were chosen. You were hired as a teacher. Instead maybe you think of your peers who don’t have teaching work. How would you feel if you were them?

On the other side of happiness there comes a little bit of sadness. For those graduates who are still searching. Some of these people are not just searching for teaching roles. They are trying to still live lives despite not having what they worked so very hard for. Yet they are still going. Because they think about how great it is going to be when they get there. I think although it has become harder for me and the thousands still looking we are the ones that will appreciate it more. 

Lisa Kudrow was the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony for Vassar College in 2010. I watched her speech this morning via YouTube. She graduated from Vassa with a BA in Biology in 1985. She did not get her role as Phobe Buffay on “Friends” until 1994. She first had to make the decision to pursue a different career than what she studied in and then she had to overcome many obstacles before landing her first ‘real’ job. 

Two things that stood out from this speech for me is how she said that your 20s are a series of different crossroads and that after being fired from “Frasier”(another TV show…) she still managed to get up in the morning. That if she was able to simply get up each day, leave her apartment and still live her life. She was coping really well. “Friends” changed her life. It didn’t happen straight away. 

One day I will know of a similar feeling. My life will be changed somehow. It hasn’t happened just yet. But it will, I know it will. If you are someone who is still searching for this same feeling, for this same change…then that is ok because your ‘one day’ will happen, just you wait and see. 

Here is the link to Lisa’s speech. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLkUoeMNeeY 

Are we in fear of turning 25?

I’ve decided to join those who write about what it’s like to turn 25. I’m about 4 months off from doing so and I’m not in fear as though this age means I’m getting “old”… I’m actually really excited. It does mean that I will be a quarter of a century old… it does mean I’ll be half way to 50. I can no longer be considered “youth”…. young yes… totally and completely young.  Other people who I have known that have got to this age have said that it makes them feel old. I do not really understand that sorry. Even with a housemate of mine turning 30 and saying the same thing… It’s not old. 

Old to me is where you’re wrinkly all over, have grey hair, need help with getting on the bus and can no longer remember your grandkids. Before that we’re young. Even my mother whose age I will not reveal, to me is young. 

But why is old a “bad” thing anyway? Am I too young to be answering the question… most people would agree that I am. What do I know at my age about the woes and misery of life if I haven’t lived yet. I’m not at that “stage” of life where I can look back and say “In my day we used to walk 50 miles in knee deep snow just to get to the other side of the road…” 

I will disagree with those who believe this to be true. I have already lived. It’s 25 years. Yes it’s not as long as, 30, 40, 50 years, etc… but still… what do people think they have been doing for 25 years… sitting around and watching the days go by without a care in the world… I don’t think so… 

For those of you who know me and know me well, know that I have well and truly been affected by life.

I have learnt a lot from life. I have learnt that life comes with its ups and downs. I have learnt a lot about people. That we are all human trying to get along. I have learnt a lot about babies and children. That they need love, stability and a place where they can belong. 

I have learnt a lot from my friendships. Friends sometimes come and go… I will always remember who you are even if in years to come we do not see each other. I have learnt that family are not the people we choose to belong to but that I will always love them and stick by them – unconditionally. 

I have learnt that at 18 although legally I was an adult… that really I was sill a teenager and that I am still learning about what it is to be an adult and will probably still be learning about that at age 80, just like I know my grandparents are. I have learnt that the plan I had at age of five to be a teacher and a mother doesn’t necessarily have to be stuck to and that, that is ok. 

I have also learnt that finding love… is like looking for a needle in a haystack… 

To me I choose to enjoy getting older. Learning more from life. Getting what I want from this life that I have. Be grateful that I am alive to live it. Hopefully I will learn about what it is to “stress less”, to be a happy with what I have… not always wanting the new… staying healthy without the pressure of being “skinny”… travelling to other parts of Australia and the world that I haven’t seen… and to be open to every new challenge that comes my way.

Yay to turning 25! It’s going to be great. 🙂 

Signing off… time to face the music… 

 

 

Are we having the time of our lives?

I have stopped and thought about this post many times. What did I want to say? What will I end up writing? Will this have an effect on how people who know me in the outside world see me and who I am? I feel both apprehensive and positive about writing on this subject.

I want to share my thoughts, feelings and opinions about an Australian Drama called “The time of our lives”

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I remember wanting to write a post after watching the first episode. I noticed myself being very quick to judge and criticise the characters that we as the audience barely knew. It was only episode one! I thought ok… maybe I need to watch another episode before I start writing about it… However, as the weeks went on. I realised that I couldn’t work out how I felt or thought about these people. My secret favourite was Bernadette (Justine Clarke)… she had the clothes I liked, gorgeous twin girls, I loved her approach to “step-parenting”, she had a good job… she just had a warmth about her – there was an immediate liking to her.  My least favourite in the beginning was Caroline (Claudia Karvan)… a completely different person to Bernadette. I didn’t feel an instant liking to her… because I wasn’t sure about her parenting or choice in the name Carmody… I felt disconnected to her as a person. I started to see myself agree with her husband.

Now I wish that I could go back to that first episode and take back what I was thinking. I am generally speaking not that type of person. I like to see people for who they are. I like to see that we are all human beings, that we may have different lives, different ideas on how to live… that there is no “right” or “wrong” way of going about things.  I don’t look at people and judge them. It’s just not me. I don’t believe it is up to me to do so. What right do I have? Even with family and friends that I’ve known for years. It’s not my life. At the end of day they are the people who have to live their lives the way they choose to. Or in the case of this TV show… the way the writers decide their character’s lives.

With this in mind. I now see this show with very different eyes. I see all the characters, their struggles, their triumphs, their bad days, good days, the decisions they are making, how all of this affects them, the people around them and how their lives unfold. I can see the human side to all of them. I can see that the writers of this show have taken good care in giving us a broad picture of Australian life as it is today. There is no set path to everyone. I can see why some people will choose to relate to some of the characters more than others and I can understand why some will be liked more than others.

Bernadette will ‘secretly’ be my favourite in the show… Because to me she is just “totally awesome” and she reminds me of someone in my life… But I don’t think I have a least favourite or ever will…

At the end of the day it’s not really about that…

I am hooked on another great Australian Drama and lovin’ it!!

Are we having the time of our lives? I can only speak for myself… really.

Signing off… because there is a cat here in desperate need of my attention!

Happy Saturday 🙂

 

Are we too old for fairy-tales?

I am reading “Between the Lines” by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer. I am not ashamed to admit that as an adult I’m reading a teenage fairy tale. A book that some people would argue is not for someone my age and that I should be reading something else. Like the main character herself I am questioning the reason for reading a book that I really enjoy.

I decided on reading this book because I have never read anything by Jodi Picoult. So many of my friends have read her work and I don’t know why I never have. A while ago a friend of mine suggested that I read her books because she felt they were engaging. She thought that I would like her stories because people can relate to them.

In picking up a book that is essentially a fairy tale. You might be asking; can anyone relate to that? If we look back to when fairy-tales were first written. Most of them are quite gory, there are acts of cruelty, characters cutting body-parts up, etc. It has only been over time where fairy-tales have become friendlier or ‘disneyed’. The Disney versions do not appear to be relatable.

Fairy-tales are a place that begins in “Once upon a time” and ends in “They lived happily ever-after”. If I was generalising I would say that most girls dream of being a Princess and having their Prince come and rescue them. When we watch a Disney adaptation of a fairy-tale we are lead to believe that for 90 mins that if we wish upon a star our dreams will come true and we will be forever happy.

Do we grow out of this dream? Can this dream come true? If we live by good morals and work hard will we eventually be leading a happy life.

The first part of “Between the Lines” does start with “Once upon a time”. It continues for a while with other classic fairy-tale lines. As we delve into the story though it develops as a story of fantasy vs reality. Delilah the main female character is contemplating her life believing to be of a miserable one. She is captured by the fairy-tale she is reading because Oliver the Prince in the story is somewhat similar to her. Delilah and myself might as well be the same person or at least in some ways.

I have been captured by her story in a very similar way. I’ve grown up enough to realise the difference between feeling miserable and actually believing I have a miserable life. Thank goodness for that. At the age of 15 like Delilah though I thought differently. I’m very close to being ten years older than 15.

Because of this I’ve been reflecting a lot on who I was then and who I am now. This book couldn’t have come at a better time, really. It has landed in my lap at time when I most need it. It is reminding me that at 15 I had so many worries, I thought so badly of the person that I was, I cared too much about what other people thought. I didn’t really think I was going anywhere. It mostly came down to superficial “stuff”.

I used to think that the image I portrayed on the the outside was a reflection of who I was on the inside. That the clothes I wore, the house I lived in or the possessions I owned meant something. Most teenagers might be thinking that they feel as though their every movements are being watched. By not only their family and friends but even by strangers.

We grow up to realise that the majority of people on this planet have no idea who you are or that you even exist. Why would they care about the clothes you wear on your back? I wish I could tell my 15 year old self to chill out and relax. If I had a chance to be 15 again there are so many things I’d do differently.

I guess that is why I really like this book. It is an easy read and has taken my only a few days to nearly get to the end. But it is good because in its simplicity I have found a story where I can really see myself. It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t intended to be read by adults. It doesn’t matter that it has fairy-tale like themes,etc. It doesn’t matter that what happens in this story would probably never happen in reality. What matters is that I have gotten something out of it… and that I’m sure other people have too.

Are we ever too old for fairy-tales?

Children are simply great!

A child at school told me I had a fancy haircut. I decided to cut my hair back to a really short hair-do. I could not bare to wait for it to grow out anymore. That same child over-heard me singing – told me I should be famous when I grew up… When a different child pointed out I was already grown. She said that she meant when I was a mummy. When I decide to not wear make-up she says I look tired. When I do wear it she says I look nice.

Children are great. They can be honest and don’t hold back on what they think. My little sister would tell me my hair cut makes me look a boy. 

Some children are very sweet – they bring you handmade presents. They can brighten up your day or even your week. I had a child bring me something she made, it looked like she had put in so much effort. She brought it to me after only being in aftercare for a day. As she gave it to me she said “this is because I had such a great time in aftercare”. I gave her a big thank-you and told her she made my week – truthfuly told as that week hadn’t been very good for me … I think that I have enough homemade presents from kids that I could make a collage out of them.

Sometimes I believe they are in their own bubble.

In observing how they play I see them become animals of all sorts, mothers, fathers, babies, fairies, kings, queens, knights, pirates, etc. They give themselves funny names, they live in all sorts of places. A pile of leaves can be a carrot stew for their bunny (soft toy). That same pile of pile of leaves can be biscuits for their puppy. 🙂

The playground becomes a fortress, a castle, a home or an obstacle course. They can predict people’s future in a game of “MASH”. A game like many that has changed and evolved since I was a kid… that’s for sure. I love how they all think they invented the games too. They were the first ones to play them and they know all the rules.

I have children at my school who try and tell me how to do my job. Some who even start doing for it me.

It is an odd place to be – before and after school care. 5-12 year olds mixed together for either a morning or an afternoon.They may not be friends at school. But here they come toegether, play together and eat together.

Children are just wonderful! Living in their own worlds. I sometimes wish we didn’t lose that as we grow up.

What about you? Is there something you miss from your childhood?

Signing off…to clean my room… I still haven’t grown out some old habits.

 

 

The annoying side to our online worlds…

So for about an hour now… I think.  I’ve been on Pinterest. You know that place that makes you feel like you’re being productive when really all you are doing is wasting away a perfectly good rainy day. The place when you can pin things on a virtual pin board and not have to worry about having a real one in the real world.

I have a real pin board or cork board or whatever you want to call it – it has I think one thing pinned onto it. One. My pinterest however has hundreds of pins – could you imagine what my kitchen where said pin board is – would look like if it was the other way round? I simply do not want to know! Ahhh the chaos. This is why I like/love pinterest! It makes for a uncluttered kitchen. Now if only there was something out there that did the same for my bedroom… which is pretty much the opposite – oops!

However, there is one thing I do not like about our online worlds. Having to subscribe to nearly every site just simply so I can browse it is frustrating. When doing so you start to receive email upon email. In these emails they contain promotions, deals, sales, new items, etc that gets added to the site. If I wanted to find this information out I would direct myself to the website!

I do not want a cluttered inbox of emails that I don’t read. All I want to be able to do is browse a site with clothes/home-wares/stationery/most anything else… be inspired to be more productive, creative, to make things myself, arty, possibly buy things, have ideas for blogging, cooking, etc.

I do not want to be a member of those websites unless I am actually interested in doing so!!

Besides anything that I am a member of by choice I usually lose interest after about the 5th or 10th email because it just seems to be the same old stuff. Being a member to me only really helps to make online purchases easier. It doesn’t help in any other way. I’m sorry to say.

I think the online world’s job is to make life easier not more frustrating… All I wanted to do was look at some amazing bed linen… that’s it! But guess what? The site asked me subscribe and stopped me from going further.

Signing off… deep in frustration. 😛

Harry Potter – the second time round…

Decemeber 2011 a beautiful friend of mine gave me all the Harry Potter films 1-8 as the box set. There was nothing fancy about this gift…it wasn’t the deluxe edition with special features on every disc. It was simply all the films on dvds – some extras included on film 7 and 8. That’s it.
To me the perfect gift for my 23rd birthday.
I told her as she handed me the gift that I was going to go back to the beginning of Harry Potter and not just watch all the films but read all the books too.
I never have liked the idea of reading books the second time round because I when I read things again I get irrirated at having knowing what it already says.
But as it had been more than 10 years since I started reading them the first time – I thought – might as well give it a go… maybe it will feel like I had only just started to read them.

Today at 1pm I had finished film 8. Finished reading and watching Harry Potter for the second time.
I can tell you now altough I knew the story it did in some ways feel as though I had only just read and watched Harry Potter. It felt like it was all new to me. I was making discoveries as though I was a kid again.
I could go on and tell you more about where my “journey” began with Harry but I wanted to focus more on small reviews of each book and each film.

This maybe quite long so I’m warning you now if you haven’t got all day… then you might want to think about bowing out. Also this is solely my opinion and I’m not asking anyone to agree – there are millions and billions and trillions of Harry Potter fans, it’s not possible to make all of those fellow fans happy. Important to note – if you haven’t read the books or watched the films then I cannot possibly guarantee that parts of the story won’t be “leaked” through these reviews.
So here goes

“Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone” The Book – Image

This book is probably one of my favourite books of all time not just because it is the start of the series that follows but because of what reading it means to me. I was given this book by  uncle. We were on the way to visit his parents. He gave me the book and I said “What’s this for?” his reply was “It’s a present” I looked at him oddly and responded with “But it’s not my birthday, it’s not christmas, you can’t just give it to me” he simply stated “It’s a car present for the journey” I was still confused and gave him a very similar look as before. He was the one who started reading it to me. I believe to have been about 9 years old which meant that it was the year 1998 about one year after it had been published. It was in a time where most people hadn’t yet heard of it. Mum was the one who finished reading it to me. Two years after it was our class book. I told my teacher that I had already read it. He was so proud that he gave me an award for finishing the first Harry Potter book. That’s right I have an award for reading Harry Potter simply because I had done so before anyone else in my class. Through this second reading I was surprised by how much I had forgotten. How much detail there was. It was a wonderful experience to be taken to a world full of magic, wizards, witches – good and bad, to friendship made strong and to Harry defeating Voldermort. Although I knew the ending I was still on the edge of my seat as he faced Professor Quirrell and as he clasped the Philospher’s Stone.

The Film- Image

J.K.Rowling had created the books with so much detail it’s incredible, mind-boggling and almost over-whelming. I know a lot of people including myself when they went to see the movie were disappointed. Still to this day it bothers me that Hermione’s scene where she solves the potions obstacle as described and set out in the books misses out in being in the film. I feel like it is one of the most important part of the story. “How dare they miss that part out!” it something that I have may have exclaimed once upon a time. It also botherered me that instead of that scene Harry got a scene with himself and Hedwig… However I can now understand (sort of) why they included that in… Watching it the second time actually felt pretty special. It set the scene for what was to come. It captured the story. It showed people who Harry, Ron and Hermione were, etc. It introduced the audience to Harry Potter.

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” The Book – Image


I remember as a child thinking that this book was really scary. I’m pretty sure I even had nightmares about it. I also remember my Mum buying this as an “impulse” buy from a small bookstore that no longer exisits. This reminds me that times have really changed since then. Not only do I no longer have nightmares about this book but there aren’t many bookstores anymore. So many of my favourite things have gone with my childhood. The story really is just a little bit creepy. We dwelve into how Ginny Weasley gets possessed. We learn about Tom Riddle and who he is. We gain an appreciation for the true character of Harry. Once again we are reminded that although he is a wizard and a part of a magical world. There are other characteristics of him that come from who is that make him more powerful than the dark wizard he faces. I really like this story because more twists and secrets get revealed. We start to question the story… is it as simple as facing good vs evil?

The Film – Image

I believe that the movie does a good job of showing and telling us the story. I remember that I went to see this for my forteenth birthday with a whole bunch of friends. We were all so excited. I was scared too just like with the book. The second time round I was not as scared. I sort of knew what to expect. In this film I really liked the special effects. How we got introduced to house-elves with Dobby, the flying car, how they did the voice of the Basilisk through the wall, how they made Mrs Norris, Nearly Headless Nick, Collin Creevy and Hermione peterfied. I loved Rupert Grint’s acting when he was showing Ron’s (and his) fear of spiders. The scenes where they take us through the diary, etc. It’s all very clever. As a film alone on itself I think they’ve done a great job.

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” – The Book Image

This is one of favourite books in the series. In this book Harry becomes more connected with his parents. It is to me a turning point in the story. He learns more about his strengths, weaknesses and ultimately who he is. I believe that this creates an intregral aspect to how and why he fights Voldermort. In meeting Remus Lupin on the Hogwarts Express he finds not only a great Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor but a friend of his father’s and in turn a friend of his. In teaching Harry privately Harry soon learns not just how to conjur a patronus but also more to do with James and Lily Potter – his parents. I love when Harry discovers that Sirius Black is his Godfather. It tells Harry and the readers not to judge what’s on the surface. Because someone is on a wanted poster for comitting murder we cannot asume that what we see is ultimately what we get. Harry starts to feel protected, loved and safe. He never receives this from the Dursleys.

The Film – Image

I remember the first time I saw the film version of a dementor I was really spooked out… my imagimation in reading it hadn’t quite taken me that far for reasons I’m unsure of now. The scene with the Boggart in Lupin’s class was great – so funny when Snape came out of the closet dressed as Neville’s Grandmother. My favourite but most heart-wrenching scene was when Hermione and Harry go back in time and save Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Sirius. The way the film depicts Harry casting his patronus is breathtaking, a truly moving moment.

Harry and the Goblet of Fire – The Bookbook 4 cover art

I have to be honest in saying that this is my least favourite in the series. I remember the day I got it. My Mum’s friend decided to buy it for me. We were at her house and I remember the wait that I had along with many fans for the realise of the book. A lot of my reads had already either read it or were reading it. After being at Mum’s friend’s house for a while. She surprised me with the book. I took it in my hands and stood there completely gobsmacked, shocked. My jaw dropped as though I had just been given a huge sum of money. Receiving and being able to read the fourth Harry Potter book felt like that. I was so happy. From memory after my mouth eventually closed I was jumping up and down and practically screaming thank-you. I think that reading the first time I enjoyed it – how can I not after waiting that long. The second time round however… I don’t know what it was but I just didn’t really enjoy it as much as the others. While reading it I decided to take a bit of a break… read something else. After the break I got stuck back into to it. But I felt as though the tri-wizard tournament was almost like torturing you while waiting for Voldermort to rise again… It was a push to get through. A necessary story to tell. Just not as enjoyed as the others.

The Film – film 4 poster

The film was actually more enjoyable than the book… oh man I might get slaughted for this by those who read and choose to comment. But I’m sorry I thought that it brought the story alive – just a little bit. There are so many moments that I liked. The first though would be the Quidditch World Cup. The tent, the stand, the players, when the game started… it was Quidditch like never before. After the match the scramble to get out of the campsite was also exciting, the threat and doom and gloom of the death eaters was gripping and hard not to watch. The scenes leading up to who was chosen for the Triwizard Tournament including of course when Fred and George Weasley’s ageing potion got rebounded was hilarious. I loved the scene where Harry had to fight the dragon, that really was incredible to watch. But of course I cannot forget the moment where Hermione is revealed when wearing “that dress” as she presents herself for the Yule Ball. Just amazing. If I didn’t have three more books and four more films to get through I would totally write more, but I think you got my point. 😉

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  book 5 cover art

I love this book. I know that a lot of people don’t. I think that the first time I read it I didn’t really much. But the second time changed my perspective. I think that this book is quite possibly the most integral part of the Harry Potter story. Without this book people in Harry Potter land would not have understood that Voldermort was back. The formation of Dumbledore’s Army that becomes quite important in the end may not have happened. Presenting Umbridge as a professor at this time is great timing for the series. Well done to J.K.Rowling for this. I believe that this story was perfectly timed and utterly necessary. Without it we wouldn’t have had a lot of things occur that was important in “Harry Potter”.

The Film –  film 5 poster

 The film although a little ordinary if compared against the others is still in itself a good film. My favourite scenes would have to be in the Room of Requirement. The lessons that Harry gives to Dumbledore’s Army. The way in which the room reveals itself and gives the members of the DA the necessary tools to practice Defence Against the Dark Arts. Once again those patronuses were excellent – I loved how all the character’s own patronus was presented. I also loved Umbridge not the woman herself but the acting of Imelda Staunton – she played her wicked sweetness so well. That kind of sweet and nice persona that’s actually evil. When she was vanished from the Forbidden Forrest – even better. The realisation that Voldermort was at large again towards the end of the movie was like a “FINALLY!” moment. 

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince – The Book book 6 cover art

I found this book to be somewhat tedius. Finding out about Tom Riddle, his life, the Horcruxes, seeping into other character’s memories, people attempting to kill Dumbledore, Harry being captain of the Quidittch team, parents believing that Hogwarts was no longer safe, Draco plotting Dumbledore’s death, etc was both thrilling but almost frustrating. There was a thick tension in the air through-out this story and I believe that Harry was feeling the same. He was awaiting lessons from Dumbledore while at the same time getting sucked into the Half Blood Prince and his potions book. As well as all this “love was in the air” as romantic relationships were forming and causing friction… It was exciting to read but also at some points challenging because of the strength in the writing as sometimes the readers felt what Harry and the others started to feel the impedig arrival and attack of Voldermort himself.

The Film – film 6 poster

In contary to the book being a part of someone else’s memory as shown in this and previous films before was actually quite enjoyable and some of my favourite scenes in the film. This was due to the feeling of being inside a new world. Being in a place that felt both strange but fascinating. It was as though we were actually in that place in real life. The film special or visual effects whatever they are called have done a good job once again. The scenes that were hard to watch but also well done were when Harry cast that horrible spell on Malfoy that made him continulously bleed and when Dumbledore drank the potion was screaming out to be saved. It is hard for the audience to see that Harry has played a part in both of these actions. The first due to being obsessed with the Half Blood Prince… the second something he has done through orders of Dumbledore and to obtain the Horcrux.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – The Book book 7 cover art

I commenced my final year of school and there everyone was in there hands a copy of this book. I walked into our year level common room on most days and people were reading the last Harry Potter. The thing that I felt most enjoyable about reading this the first time was doing so in my last year of school. Although I knew Harry wasn’t going back to school it didn’t matter it felt as though at that point in time Harry, myself and the rest of the class of 2007 were in our last years of school – last year of the books. I felt this to be pretty cool. However as this was the case I think a lot of the book was missed and not enjoyed…

There is so much detail through-out this book that I simply don’t know where to begin. Great finish to the series. Sad finish to the series. I love that so many unanswered burning questions finally get answered in this book. A lot of detail that gets revealed. The sad moments are through death. The horrific moments are through torture. There is a magical world fairy-tale intertwined in the story as well as many other subplots. If I were to continue writing about the different parts of the book then I would need another post. All in all a great read – much more enjoyed the second time.

The Film- Part 1: film 7 poster

It starts with farewells and a beautiful wedding – interupted by death eaters as Harry, Ron and Hermione set of on the almost impossible task. To find Horcruxes. The first few scenes or really the whole movie you are on the edge of your seat… Thinking, what is going to happen?? As there is so much over-whelming detail in the book adapting it to film is pretty much a impossible task. Like the book and this isn’t to be lazy I don’t know where to begin… I love the “Seven Harry’s”… was disappointed they went to the burrows instead of going to the safe houses… loved the bit where they went to the ministry of magic in particular when they snatch the Horcrux off Umbridge’s neck…moving right on I loved Xenophillus Lovegood’s house – that was quirky and cool. Even though in terms of not liking that Hermione was getting tortured I thought that the scene at Malfoy’s Manor was well presented… and Dobby – oh that was sad!! 😦 makes me cry… of course the final bit where Voldermort has the Elder Wand although on the verge of cheesy I thought it was a good place to finish.

Part 2 film 8 poster

The war to end all wars. I have to say that although I know and alot of people who are avid fans of the books and say he didn’t get his shining moment – I think that considering everything I’ve said about detail, etc… Neville Longbottom and his moments in this movie were great and quite possibly my favourite. I also love, love when McGonagall says “I’ve always wanted to do that spell” as she casts protection spells over the castle – makes me laugh. The moments she as, as she defends the school, students and Harry are great. I don’t however like how they forget to send the underaged students back through Ariana’s portrait via Room of Requirement… I don’t understand the need to change that to thave Slytherine’s be sent to the dungeons. Nevertheless the other key moment is when Mrs Weasley says to Bellatrix Lesstrange “Nobody toches my daughter you b***h!” – great! There are of course other great key moments but there are just so many it’s hard to pin point them all.

I’ve stayed up way past my bedtime and no I haven’t been working on this all day… but wow, what an effort… I know it’s long but I do hope people read this. I also hope that my grammar and spelling don’t get picked at – there are well and truly over 3,000 words so I’m being slack and not true to myself in not proofreading this. I hope whoever reads this enjoys and gets something out of it. Once again it’s my opinion… you are welcome to your own opionion but do tread carefully and if you disagree then say “I disagree because…” instead of “You’re wrong”. I could have been cautious in what I wrote due to being about the subject I chose. But I will say that I was honest every step of the way.

Goodnight… I need to sleep. 🙂

7:30am is my new sleep in time!?!?

7:30am on a Saturday morning and I am awake? I never would have thought that I would wake up at this time without an alarm clock on a weekday let alone a Saturday. During the week I have to leave the house before 6am to get to work on time. My alarm is set at 4:45am and I’m usually up by about 5:20. There are still some normal me things that I do of a morning.

I know that my body clock has changed… but it still seems odd to me. During the school holidays slowly and slowly I was able to sleep in later. But these days as it gets closer to 9pm you’ll see me nodding off. My latest night on the school holidays would have been 11pm. Not very late by my standards…

It’s interesting how my job as changed my lifestyle and what I would consider quite dramatically. I sometimes dream back to last year and the years before. The days that I was part of the education system as a student. I had days off that I could claim as “study days”.  I felt my life to be very busy. I have only been a part of the working world for what? two months? And yet I am already noticing the dramatic shift.

I remember back to when I finished high-school and was moving on to uni. I had this feeling, as though I was in a grieving period where I was at a loss. I decided to take a year off. To this day I would say that, that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. However, during that year I wasn’t really transitioning. I didn’t have that “phase” as some might say. I was almost in limbo. I was missing school and did not know what was to come of me.

At the start of this year I worked in a factory. That taught me not to get a job in a factory. In the middle of year I travelled with my mother. That taught me to see the world, just maybe not with my mother… although surprisingly enough I would go overseas with her again. But that’s another story for another time. By the end of the year I was working at a general store. I loved that job. It taught me more about the confidence I had inside that there was there all along but that I had never believed existed. Once that year was over however, I was ready for my course to begin.

I started uni and in some ways it felt as though I was back at school again. The change was not that different. I was still missing school but for different reasons. I was missing my friends not school itself. It felt good to be in a place where I worked out a good routine, a good way to study and to enjoy my placements at schools. I can’t believe I am already reflecting back upon my uni life. It’s too soon.

It feels too soon for a lot of new changes. But I guess in working in before and after school I get to experience another year “off” so to speak. Everyday I am learning new things. About me, the children, the school and the parents. I am certainly seeing myself grow as a person. I have this kind of confidence that similarly to my job at the general store was always there but I never believed existed. 

Learning from life and our experiences is great. If it means waking up earlier to do so. Then I’m happy. I’m happy because I’m working, not everyone is these days. If life were as simple as putting all the pieces of the puzzle exactly where they were meant to go. We would all be bored. That would be sad.

I’m happy that I haven’t had things happen in my life just as they “should” be because I have learnt so much. I believe to be a much stronger person because of it.

Awake at 7:30am on a Saturday? I shouldn’t really complain and question it. I will choose to enjoy it. Enjoy listening to the birds outside my window. Enjoy relaxing in bed. Enjoy the fact that I’m awake earlier enough to go down to a gluten-free cafe and buy their amazing gf bread. Plus I have still had a two hour sleep in. So I think I’m doing pretty well. 🙂

Signing off – I need to get up, feed the cat and get me some (gf) bread!!

Experiementing…

This may not last that long… but of late I’ve been feeling like a bit of change with the appearance of this blog.

I really like the koi fish look and believe that it was almost perfect for me and the idea that I was “quirky”

Then it occured to me that maybe it looked a bit busy so with this in mind lets try something new.

I’ll keep it for a few days  to a week maybe even longer to see if I like it!

Here goes…

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