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Hey, so wow. It’s been a long time since I posted anything, but sadly it’s not so much that I’ve been too busy as it is, I just can’t be bothered when I think to do it. I suppose plenty of things have happened.

I started a new job as a cleaner at these apartments round the corner from my house. We’ve got some units in Main St too, which I’ll be working at when they’re ready. After a month I quit my old job, so now I’ve only got one job. But when I quit they got me a card and chocolates and were all very nice to me, and I’m actually really going to miss everyone, especially my manager, who I spoke to regularly. One of the girls actually rushed up and hugged me at the end of my last shift and I was kind of blown away. I suppose I had been there for four years.

And now my parents are going away on holiday for the second time this year and leaving me home alone. So I’ll be here for two weeks alone, and because I don’t have my license, and because I’ve been wanting to exercise more, we’ve just bought a new bike for me. So I’ll be riding it everywhere, except the apartments because that really is just around the corner. But I’m also doing one hour’s cleaning a week for this elderly woman, who is very nice and friendly, but I’m still kind of awkward around her, that’s how I am. $25 a week from that. So I’m thinking I’ll save all my money from the apartments for university and things that are important, and the $25 a week will be to just use on more frivolous things. It certainly puts a limit on what I buy. That’s a good thing.

I went to a university Open Day the other day. I’ve decided I want to go there, it’s in Sydney. I’ll, hopefully, do a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history and minoring in creative writing. The courses look really good. However, I can’t go right now because my ATAR score was so low. I’ve got two options I’m considering; either a certificate IV course at a TAFE for a year, which I need a credit average in, or a year at any other Australian university. Depending on my marks I could be considered for the other uni and I could transfer. That’s the plan! There is a university near my town I could travel to every day, or board there, and I’ve got an okay chance of getting in there if I’m quick.

So I want to save for university, and for the next year continue working where I am. That money will go towards a move to Sydney, and towards university fees, and the experience may get me a job up there. But I’ll also be doing a barista course at TAFE, just as a back up thing. So much to do! But I do feel better having a plan.

I haven’t given up on acting. But I’m still very self-conscious and I don’t think I could do it just yet. So I’m working on my image of myself. Exercise, healthier diet. If I feel better about my appearance, I think I’ll be okay with the flaws in my personality. When I do go to the Sydney uni I’m planning to, I also want to do a short, part-time acting course at this acting school. It’ll be a crazy amount of work, but it’ll give me an idea of whether it’s something I can actually persue. If I really like it and see myself going somewhere with it, I’ll try and get into a full-time program. If that works out I can leave the uni and go to the acting school. But if it turns out it’s not for me, I’ll be able to continue at the uni and work with history and writing. Yay for fallbacks!

And really other than those rather major developments, there’s not much else happening. Nothing life-changing anyway.

Ooccoo and Poe are full grown now. Poe did turn out to be a rooster. He crows every day at 4-4:30am, and then intermittantly throughout the day, but he’s not too bad, and no complaints so far. I don’t hear him if I’m asleep, but then again, I slept through an explosion around the corner from my house once.

I’m still hooked on Supernatural, but I’ve been reading Merlin fan fictions lately. I have missed Merlin. I’ve discovered my ability to multi-ship – Merlin/Arthur as well as Merlin/Morgana. And Doctor Who’s new season has begun, Supernatural’s new season starts next month, Glee starts in a week or so, Once Upon A Time starts at the end of September, and everything’s kicking off. I also watched the first episode of Garrow’s Law last night. Not a bad show, I may consider continuing.

While my parents are away, all of my friends continue school and uni, so I won’t even have their company. Last time this led to a 12 day Apocalypse Diary. I dread to think what 2 weeks are going to do to me. Fortunately, the third week I’ll be going up to join them. I’m a little miffed at only being allowed to go for one week. Okay, I’m a lot miffed, since they had their little two-person getaway already, but my complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

Speaking of my friends, however, since I no longer see most of them, my only contact is through Facebook. Say what you like, it does come in handy when you can’t visit people regularly. In any case, two of my friends, Connor and Liam, declared the other night that they were in a relationship. For the most part we all gathered it was a joke, but they wouldn’t say ye or nay, and considering it was possible if unlikely that it wasn’t a joke, everyone spent the next 24 hours in a state of confusion, trying to uncover the truth.

Oh God I never thought I’d have the opportunity to use that gif. Never. Thanks guys, I owe you one. Anyway, of course it turned out to be a joke. They ‘broke up’ the next day. Kind of blew a hole in my plans to cross off ‘Have A Gay Best Friend’ on my bucket list. One day, guys, one day…

I think I’m going to quit while I’m ahead and say that’s a wrap for now. Perhaps we will meet again…

Well probably, almost definitely, because I have an abnormally large collection of gifs and I want to use them an unhealthy amount, but I can’t figure out how to do it on Tumblr, so here we are.

Toodles!
Lexiconish.

Mood:
Music: You’re The Voice – John Farnham
Watching: Merlin
Reading: Life’s That Way – Jim Beaver
Merlin fan fictions

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Hello all.

Did you know that cheesecake was invented in Ancient Greece? Well, it was. Which is interesting, because if you think about the value of cheesecake and compare it to everything the Romans ever gave us… the Greeks totally outshone the Romans, eh? Well okay, the Romans were pretty awesome. But they were building on what Greeks had already done! I mean, they couldn’t even invent their own gods, you know? They just stole them from Greece and Egypt and renamed them so no one would suspect. From Poseidon to Neptune, Aphrodite to Venus… I am a little curious why they bothered to rename them at all anyway.

I was just musing on that really. I’m not sure where the idea came from.

Ooh, also:

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. (If I may interject; there are quite a few more than 100 books listed as some of the titles are series titles, so consist of more books! Oh now I’m just nit-picking.)

Instructions: Copy this into your journal. Bold the books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started to read but didn’t finish or read an excerpt from, and underline those you own but have not read yet.

I’m also putting an asterisk (*) next to those that I plan to read sometime soon.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee*
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman*
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller*
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Lev Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis !!!!
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis !!!!
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini*
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood*
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding*
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley*
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck*
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (I have never heard of this, but am already intrigued. *ed.)
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens*
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exuper
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams*
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Total: Bold (I have read completely) 22.
Italics (I have begun to read, or have read excerpts of) 11.
Underlined (I own but haven’t/don’t plan to read yet) 8.
*ed – those that I plan to read, regardless of owning them or not – 11.

!!!!! I would like to draw attention to the fact that this is technically listed twice. If we are saying that a book series is allotted one space, and we must assume this is so based on other examples, then The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe shouldn’t be listed as it is already counted in the Chronicles of Narnia.

The books I own that I have also read total: 16.

Actually, looking back over that list, Hamlet shouldn’t be mentioned separately from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, since it is the complete works of Shakespeare and Hamlet would therefore be in it! Oh BBC, for all the wonderful things you produce for us, you really should work on this. But I do see the point; too few people read genuinely well-written books these days, and fewer still the ones written prior to the 20th century. It is a crying shame that this is the case, but it cheers one up to see how many titles come up in bold on this!

Books I was surprised weren’t on the list (though they’re not all of them classics… here, I’ll bold the good ones and underline the bad ones in my opinion as a reader and writer. Anything I am neutral on, I’ll leave in normal font).

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Artemis Fowl Series
Twilight Saga
The Inheritance Cycle
Anything Else Relating to Vampires and Romance
Agatha Christie novels such as Miss Marple or Poiroit novels

There are probably more, but that will do – they sprang to mind while I was going through the list.

And that’s all folks!
Somewhat Resignedly,
Lexiconish.

Music: Blame it on the Pop 2005 Remix
Book: Artemis Fowl – Annual Reading Number One
Mood: Proxy Error.

 

 

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