Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone!
The day is finally upon us: CHRISTMAS!
Let me tell you about my day. First, I woke up at a pretty reasonable hour, and my mum, dad, sister and I opened our presents. Kiara was Santa, for those who were wondering. Then, after all the presents, Mum made us a delicious breakfast of crepes, which were so irresistible I forgot to take a picture. We lazed around for a while and then my grandparents came over for lunch.
We had boerwors, prawns, ham, potato salad, normal salad, and it was all so delicious.

here's what my plate looked like

love the hats from crackers!

mum made sticky-date pudding, mm mmmm

what i wore in the morning

my fancy dress
And that was basically my day. We didn't have much of anything for dinner, really. We all had food comas from the massive breakfast and lunch.
I hope you all had lovely days and got from Santa what you wanted. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

12. It's Christmas Eve!

Hi everyone!

It's only a short one today: I just wanted to say a very big Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoy the holiday immensely.
I'm off to bed now, and I will be reading the Teddy Bear's Night Before Christmas, which I proudly know five or so pages off by heart. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas Eve and Christmas. Hopefully I will be on to post my day.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

11. A Little Get-Together

Hi everyone!
Sorry I have nothing particularly exciting to share with you today, but I was busy having fun with my group of friends. For ages we have been whinging about not getting together over summer and so we decided to just do it.
It was a lovely evening, and I felt too awkward to ask for photos: they don't actually know I have a blog, so it would be weird. We're not the photo-taking kind of people.
Basically, we had Secret Santa, played video games, ate a lot of food, and laughed a lot. Oh! I did learn how to french braid hair though, even if it was a bit dodgily.
It was lovely to see everyone again, and I didn't even mind that I had work until 10:30pm the next day. (Silly idea btw, if you stay up until 2 or 3am)


Monday, 22 December 2014

10. Meet Nym

Hi everyone!
This Christmas, we have a dog staying with us for four nights while her family goes away. Her name is Nym, and she is honestly the cutest dog I have ever seen, besides Sulley. The two of them are a troublesome pair...

and so begins their love story
they are literally two peas in a pod

me and sulley

tuckered out after their walk


Sunday, 21 December 2014

9. Wrapping Presents

Hi everyone!
Today, I am going to be showing you how I wrap up my Christmas presents. I'll warn you now: they aren't decorated beautifully or anything. This is just a quick, simple demonstration to make the lives of those who cannot wrap that little bit easier.

First, you want to cut off a bit of paper to suit the present you are wrapping. Before you chop though: make sure you have enough to cover the entire present!

Then, you will fold one side of the paper, and then the other side will be folded over the top, as shown in the photo. Because I'm slightly OCD, my centre line always ends up directly in the middle. Sticky tape this down securely.

Then, you fold each corner inwards to create the triangle shown above. After making this, you will then take the apex of the triangle and fold it over onto the top of the present. Sticky tape it down and repeat the step on the other side.
I generally like to add a little Christmas tag to say who is getting it, and who it is from. In this case, I was giving my best friend Catie a copy of Pride and Prejudice.
And there you have it: a fully wrapped present. If this wasn't clear enough or you have any queries, just let me know and I will be sure to help you out.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

8. Being Shy And Having Confidence

Hi everyone!

As I am sure quite a few of you can relate, I am often quite a shy and awkward person,and I have taken the Myers Briggs test, which labelled me as an introvert. In my head I struggle to maintain social interactions, and I find it draining most of the time. Sometimes I have difficulty speaking to new people, even close friends, and it is someting that has plagued me my entire life. Being shy, as I always saw it, was an inescapable hole that you could never climb out of - not even in your wildest dreams.
It's not.
You have the ability to overcome this, and you have the ability to not let shyness, awkwardness, or introversion control your life.
I know that right now you are probably sitting there in disbelief thinking I have gone mad. But I promise you, anything is possible. Something that has helped me more than you can imagine is a simple mantra: fake it till you make it.
I'm not kidding. Don't think I'm crazy or silly, but this is a lifesaver. If you can fake any amount of confidence, and you can put on a brave face to the world, I promise no one is going to notice if your knees are knocking or your hands are shaking. When you use even the smallest shred of confidence in your manner of talking, or the way you walk, or anything then it is going to get you places.
I was a child who could not do Show & Tell in front of the class, I couldn't read out loud without stuttering over every second word let alone say a speech. In the lower grades of high school, like Year 8, 9, even 10, I could not say a speech. I would walk to the front of the classroom trembling and then I would take deep shaky breaths. My hands would shake and palm cards were the worst thing ever - they would always be dropped or messed up. I would say my speech, stuttering the whole way through, and finally sit down with my hands still shaking. Literally, that's what happened everytime.
But then, mid-way through Year 10, I thought: no, you know what? I can do these things. They aren't that scary. Even if I don't feel confident, I'm going to act like I am.
So, my first speech of Year 11 went okay. It wasn't brilliant by any means, but it was okay - it was a start. My teacher must have seen something in me though, and I was invited to say a speech at our school ANZAC Ceremony, along with a good friend Fiona. That went really, really well, and it was in front of a couple of hundred people. My knees still knocked and my hands still shook but I knew that I could get through it. I did.
And then, speech after speech for my classes rolled around and suddenly I was getting A's for them, and my teachers were smiling and my friends were telling me how well I spoke. Then, in October or so, I decided to go for School Captain. This process involved an interview, a speech to the staff, and a speech to the rest of my cohort. All these speeches terrified me so much that I nearly didn't do it. But I did, and everyone told me that it was one of the best speeches and that I spoke so confidently and that I looked so sure of myself. All I could think was: oh my god, I'm so scared, no I'm not confident, I'm just pretending.
But let me tell you: that prentending has helped in every way.
I can play on stage for concert band so much more calmly, and I play better. I gave a speech at the Year 12 Graduation in November, which was to over 600 parents and older students. I met the ex-Prime Minister of Australia, Keven Rudd, and could speak to him without stuttering. Hell, I'm School Captain now.
That pretending, that fake confidence that you think isn't going to do anything for you will. It will help you.
Don't hide behind your shyness, or awkwardness, or introversion for the rest of your life. I'm not saying that this cures you, nor am I saying that your knees won't knock and your hands won't shake - because they will. They will, and that is okay. The point is that you no longer let it control your life and how you interact with others.
So, please. Just try. I once read that if you choose what scares you more, then it is going to benefit your character more than playing it safe ever could.
Thank you, and be happy,

Friday, 19 December 2014

7. Do You Still Believe In Santa?

Hi everyone!

Today is a little different, but I wanted to talk to you about Santa Claus, Father Christmas, St Nicholas. The jolly man in red who visits everyone during the night to deliver presents, every single year. Children adore him, and Christmas just would not be the same without Santa.
But, at what age do we stop believing in Santa Claus? When is it that we realise that it is logistically impossible for him to visit every single child on Christmas Eve? I have no idea.
For me, my parents never actually told me that Santa wasn't real. They never actually sat me down and said: "Tynnika, Father Christmas doesn't bring you presents. We do." But, neither did my friends at school tell me that he wasn't real. I, for some reason, just knew.
And that brings me to a question for all of you: when did you realise St Nick wasn't real? Did someone tell you, or were you like me?
Just something to think about this Christmas.


Thursday, 18 December 2014

6. Get To Know Me

Hi everyone!
So basically, today I did absolutely nothing and so I had nothing to blog about. Instead, I have found a question list off Tumblr so you can get to know me that little bit better. On the sixth day of Christmas my true love game to me: a quiz to get to know me better.
1. A selfie? I'll upload one when I get home from work tomorrow. I am so tired
2. How old are you? I am 16
3. What is your birthday? 30th of June
4. What is your zodiac sign? Cancer
5. What is your favorite color? Blue
6. What's your lucky number? 13
7. Do you have any pets? Yes, I had a dog named Sulley
8. Where are you from? I am from Australia
9. How tall are you? 160cm
10. What shoe size are you? Size 7
11. How many pairs of shoes do you own? 8, maybe?
12. What was your last dream about? I don't remember
13. What talents do you have? I can play the flute moderately well
14. Are you psychic in any way? I don't think so
15. Favorite song? Once In A Lifetime - One Direction
16. Favorite movie? There are way too many
17. Who would be your ideal partner? Niall Horan? haha. Nah, someone who is funny and kind.
18. Do you want children? One day
19. Do you want a church wedding? I don't really mind
20. Are you religious? No
21. Have you ever been to the hospital? Yes, I have
22. Have you ever got in trouble with the law? No
23. Have you ever met any celebrities? Hahahaha. I live in semi-rural Queensland, Australia. No celebrities come near here.
24. Baths or showers? Showers
25. What color socks are you wearing? None, it's the middle of summer
26. Have you ever been famous? No
27. Would you like to be a big celebrity? That is not something I aspire to be
28. What type of music do you like? One Direction and classical
29. Have you ever been skinny dipping? Nope
30. How many pillows do you sleep with? Two
31. What position do you usually sleep in? On my side, I think
32. How big is your house? Decent? Idk
33. What do you typically have for breakfast? A cup of milo
34. Have you ever fired a gun? No
35. Have you ever tried archery? Yeah, a few times. I'm terrible
36. Favorite clean word? childish - it is satisfying to look at
37. Favorite swear word? holy shit
38. What's the longest you've ever gone without sleep? Not long. I've done a few all-nighters, so 24 hours I guess
39. Do you have any scars? Nah
40. Have you ever had a secret admirer? In like, grade 4
41. Are you a good liar? I'm absolutely terrible!
42. Are you a good judge of character? I like to think I am
43. Can you do any other accents other than your own? Nope!
44. Do you have a strong accent? I cannot tell at all.
45. What is your favorite accent? British
46. What is your personality type?
47. What is your most expensive piece of clothing? A dress I bought for like $35. I don't shop much
48. Can you curl your tongue? I wish!
49. Are you an innie or an outie? An innie
50. Left or right handed? Right-handed
51. Are you scared of spiders? Nope
52. Favorite food? Oh that's tough. I really like Jazz Apples.
53. Favorite foreign food? Sushi
54. Are you a clean or messy person? It depends
55. Most used phrased? holy shit/moly
56. Most used word? I don't think that I have one
57. How long does it take for you to get ready? Not very long, 20 minutes at most
58. Do you have much of an ego? Not at all
59. Do you suck or bite lollipops? Suck
60. Do you talk to yourself? Occassionally
61. Do you sing to yourself? Yeah
62. Are you a good singer? Atrocious!
63. Biggest Fear? I'm claustrophobic?
64. Are you a gossip? Sometimes, with my best friends
65. Best dramatic movie you've seen? idk
66. Do you like long or short hair? Long hair
67. Can you name all 50 states of America? hahahahahahahaha
68. Favorite school subject? English
69. Extrovert or Introvert? Introvert
70. Have you ever been scuba diving? nope
71. What makes you nervous? Unfamiliar people and situations
72. Are you scared of the dark? I'm not scared of the dark, just of what is in it
73. Do you correct people when they make mistakes? A bit, yeah
74. Are you ticklish? Very!
75. Have you ever started a rumor? Nope
76. Have you ever been in a position of authority? I'm School Captain at the moment
77. Have you ever drank underage? No, and I don't plan on it
78. Have you ever done drugs? They don't appeal to me at all
79. Who was your first real crush? A guy called Brendan
80. How many piercings do you have? Both my ears, so two
81. Can you roll your Rs?" Much to my disappointment, I cannot
82. How fast can you type? Pretty fast actually
83. How fast can you run? Let's not talk about that
84. What color is your hair? Brown
85. What color is your eyes? Blue
86. What are you allergic to? Nothing that I know of
87. Do you keep a journal? I did when I was younger
88. What do your parents do? Mum is a Nurse, Dad teaches at uni
89. Do you like your age? Yeah, but I'm ready to be 17.
90. What makes you angry? Social injustices
91. Do you like your own name? Yeah
92. Have you already thought of baby names, and if so what are they? Nah, I don't think about that sort of stuff.
93. Do you want a boy a girl for a child? Either, I wouldn't mind
94. What are you strengths? I think my strengths are that I can adapt easily and I have morals that I stick to
95. What are your weaknesses? I can sometimes be easily persuaded and I am quite shy and struggle to put myself out there
96. How did you get your name? Mum heard it somewhere and liked the sound of it
97. Were your ancestors royalty? On Dad's side of the family there is Maori royalty
98. Do you have any scars? I've already been asked this, but no
99. Color of your bedspread? Black, red, and grey
100. Color of your room? Creamy, with dark grey curtains

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

5. Happy Birthday Papa!

Hi everyone!
On the fifth day of Christmas by true love gave to me: Papa's 68th Birthday.
I went over to my grandparents house this evening to celebrate Papa's Birthday. Here are a few pictures I took along the way. (Okay, a lot)
the table
the tree
a milk tart mum made
the garden

a storm was brewing

birthday boy

i lost, quite spectacularly

what a i wore - from jayjays
dodgy hair do
I have just realised I did not take any pictures of the food, and so I will tell you. We had chops and boerwors, along with salad and coleslaw. Then, on the side, we had some fresh prawns which were sooo good. For desert we had milk tart, but my Dad and Papa had Christmas pudding with Granny's infamous sauce that they love so much. We then finished off the even with a game of Elfer Raus, which I lost. Very badly. But oh well, it was fun.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

4. Christmas Q&A

Hi everyone!
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a christmas q&a. Original can be found here:

1. Do you do anything to countdown to the day?
Every year, I generally get a chocolate advent calander. This year mine is One Direction.
2. When do you put up your Christmas tree and/or other decorations?
In my family we put up the tree on December 1st.
3. What goes on top of your tree?
A star goes on the top of my tree
4. What do you eat for your Christmas meal and when do you eat it?
At Christmas time we eat a lot of prawns and boerewors, and we make lots of salads. Then there's also the deserts: sticky-date pudding, Christmas pudding etc. Lots and lots of food!
5. Do you have any meal time traditions (eg. crackers, playing a game etc.)
We have Christmas crackers, and I always make people wear the hats. We'll all read the jokes and laugh even though they are the worst things in the world
6. Do you leave anything out for Santa? If so what?
Normally it is a can of coke and a biscuit
7. When do you open your gifts?
Christmas morning!
8. What's on top of your Christmas list?
I don't even know, to be honest. I always want a new charm for my charm bracelet, Marc Jabcobs perfume, books.
9. Do you go to any Christmas services? Religious or otherwise?
Not normally, no.
10. Don't celebrate Christmas? Tell us what else you celebrate at this time of year?
and finally...
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!
11. Where do you live?
I live in Australia


Monday, 15 December 2014

3. Invasion of the Rudolph's

Hi everyone!
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me: an invasion by reindeer biscuits

The recipe we used is as follows:

  • 250g of margerine or butter
  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of flour
  • pinch salt
Basically, you cream the butter and sugar and then add the beaten egg. Then add flour and salt. You roll the dough out between two sheets of baking paper and cut out the shapes.. To get the reindeer head, you use a gingerbread man cut-out but he will be turned upside down. You cook the biscuits for 8-10mins at 160 degrees Celcius.

the mixture 
rolling and cutting out
To decorate: melt milk chocolate into a bowl and ice the biscuits. Then add the lolly raspberries, white chocolate melts and milk chocolate chips as pictured.

what we used
posing for a photo
mum icing

the invasion
So as you can see, with a bit of Michael Buble on the side, we have had an invasion by Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
If you were wondering, we made a double batch and that is how we got so many. Of course, you can use any biscuit recipe you want, I was just telling you what we used.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

2. Christmas Traditions

On the second day of Christmas my true love game to me: Christmas traditions. Every year my family has a number of little family traditions that we do every year, without fail. They're a bit strange and I have no idea where they started or why but I love them nonetheless.

  • on Christmas Eve, every year since before I can remember, we have read the Teddy Bear's Night Before Christmas. In fact, we have read it so many times now I know quite a bit of it off by heart.
  • in the lead-up to Christmas we make Reindeer biscuits! They are super cute and super yummy and we do it every year. In fact, we're making some tomorrow so I will be sure to blog about it. 
  • we leave Santa coke and biscuits. I once told my parents that Santa was not allowed to drink and drive, hence the leaving of coke instead of traditional beer.
  • on Boxing Day morning, we eat Sticky Date Pudding for breakfast. I don't know why, but I'm not complaining.
  • on the day of Chrissy, we always always have crepes for breakfast. We get out the cream, the frozen berries, maple syrup, banana, sugar, cinnamon, the works. It's so delicious!
  • there is a Santa. Someone will act as Santa and hand out all the presents to everyone else in the family before finally getting to sit and open their own.

So, what little family traditions does your family have at Christmas?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

1. 12 Books For Every Occasion

Hi everyone!
One the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: 12 Books For Every Occasion. Okay, okay, not exactly Christmasy but it fits with the theme of 12, right? Right. It's my rules.
So, here we go.
the maze runner by james dashner
1. If you are looking for a book that has you so hooked you are physically incapable of leaving your chair, I suggest The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Okay, I know it is by no means a "thriller" or anything, but it does get you hooked. I'm not kidding, I honestly read this book in four hours. I could not put the book down until I found out what happened.
I apologise for the lack of picture, it is currently being loaned out to a friend.
You can find it here:

the hunger games by suzanne collins
2. People complain all the time about hype. They say the book is overrated, that it's too popular to it can't be good, or if it's popular it is not cool to read. But that couldn't be further from the truth! It is time to get over the stigma of hype and suck it up. I promise you, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is worth it.

a small section of my enid blyton books
3. If you are looking for a book to reminisce childhood days then I reccomend anything by Enid Blyton. My own childhood is scattered with the adventures of the Famous Five and the characters of the Magic Faraway Tree. I longed to go to St Clare's and Malory Towers and the thought of a Wishing Chair was unfathomable. If you never got to chance to read these, I cannot recommend them enough. They are old, timeless tales of childhood that should never be forgotten.
tomorrow, when the war began by john marsden
4. An Aussie classic that everyone should read is Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. Seriously, no explanation is needed, it is good. Really good. Just give it a crack.
You can find it here:

fangirl by rainbow rowell
5. In life, many of us feel completely alone with who we are: fangirls. We are often alientated and isolated from society because we have an intense liking for something. People don't get FanFiction, they don't get fan art, and people certainly do not understand the hysteria and crying and why we feel the feels we do. But we are not alone! Rainbow Rowell has written a book, aptly named Fangirl, which is centred around a girl who is a fan of a book series quite simialr to Harry Potter. So, if you are ever feeling alone and that no one understands you: read this book.

heidi by johanna spyri
6. On gloomy rainy days I like nothing better than to curl up in bed with a good book. The best book I have found is Heidi by Johanna Spyri. My copy is my Granny's older sisters and it just makes me love it all the more. This book holds a special place in my heart and in my childhood, and is up there with the likes of Enid Blyton. It is my strong belief that everyone should read this book at least once.
You can find it here:
the book thief by markus zusak
7. If you are needing a good cry, which we all do sometimes, read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is an absolutely haunting, poetic, beautiful and is guaranteed to make you cry. No really,  it's so so sad.
You can find it here:
the host by stephenie meyer
8. Quite often, you read a book and think "good grief, that was awful." Most infamous for this, is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. And before you think I'm off my chops, no, that is not what I am recommending you. Instead, I suggest you read Meyer's other book, The Host. I was honestly pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and the quality of the work. I think you will like it too.
You can find it here:

a little something different by sandy hall
9. Sometimes, all we want is to read a quick, cheesy, romantic light-hearted story and boy have I found a great one. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall has the perfect balance of cute, romance, weird, and humour to be absolutely perfect when you are looking for that perfect cheerful read.
You can find it here:

chinese cinderella by adeline yen mah
10. Once when I was in grade 6, around 10 or 11 years of age, I read a very touching book called A Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. Sometimes we read stories and it stays with us forever, and other times it floats out of your memory. A Chinese Cinderella, even after all these years, is something that is firmly implanted into my memory. It's a book on a young girl who is in a another time, another culture and it really opens your eyes to the problems of the world and makes you think. It makes you wonder if what you are worrying about really matters, and gives you a bigger perspective on the world. 

11. Very rarely is the sequel better than the original. But I have found it, an entire series that I wholeheartedly believe is better than the original. Richelle Mead wrote Vampire Academy and is is great, I loved it. But then she wrote a sequel or spin-off series called Bloodlines and ohmygosh it is so so good. They both have good and bad vampires, romance, bad humans, battles, everything. But something about Bloodlines just has that little bit that Vampire Academy was lacking. So go check them out, I want to know whether you think the sequel series is better too.

12. An how could I make a list of books without making mention of the book series to conquer all book series: Harry Potter. If you have not read this yet, you have not experienced life.
Thank you, and see you tomorrow.