Christmas on tumblr. | Blogmas Day 12

Discoveries: I missed the deadline for Christmas delivery for most of the online gifts I wanted to get for mia familia. Worse discovery: I missed it by ONE DAY.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to sleep at all last night, resulting in me seeing the sunset, on-off rain for about 5 hours, and the sunrise. The day has been, for lack of a better word, tiring.

Tomorrow should be better as I am blogging from bed which never happens. I may well get to sleep before tomorrow! I plan to vlog the day at the Christmas Market we’re going to, and hopefully manage to get over this crazy life jetlag I’ve been feeling – it;s just like regular jetlag, except I haven’t traveled anywhere.

TODAY IS CHRISTMAS ON TUMBLR LET’S GO

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And for good measure, Dan and Phil’s 2014 festivities:

EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET IS SO. DAMN. FESTIVE. None of the above photographs belong to me, and full credit goes to the content creators on tumblr.

For today’s cheesy af Christmas tune:

Love and light,
shalom x

Fandom Festivities | Blogmas Day 11

FYI, I have Blue Neighbourhood on repeat. “What’s Blue Neighbourhood?” you ask? Well, it’s Troye Sivan’s album and I’ve written about it here and here.

I’m quite a die-hard Harry Potter fan, despite starting quite late for reasons I’m not entirely sure of. I’ve been thinking about Christmas at Hogwarts for a while, so here’s my HP post. Really, it’s just my favourite images of Hogwarts at Christmastime. It’s happening. Let it happen.

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Merry 14 days until Christmas!

Love and light,
shalom


 

(also i feel like absolute shit today, so. yes.)

FRICKEN FESTIVE | Blogmas Day 10!

JINGLE EVERY FRICKEN’ BELL BECAUSE I AM IN FULL FESTIVE MODE.

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I went Christmas shopping today! Admittedly, I only came back with one gift, but I got so festive I feared that I would turn into a candy cane. The mall displays are in full swing, and despite my hatred for shopping, if I have the original Jingle Bell Rock playing in my ears, I think I’ll be okay.

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I ended up going to an all-you-can-eat pizza dinner with my little sister and 10-ish of her friends. For future reference, Shalom: ALL YOU CAN EAT DOES NOT MEAN EAT ALL YOU CAN. YOU WILL FEEL SICK. LIKE YOU DO RIGHT NOW. I got the pleasure of having some youngins ask me how I got my eyeliner to work (believe me, it was the only thing that did) and my reply was always, “I have no idea. I’m just part of the left wing struggle.” It was supposed to be witty, but I don’t think they got it.

Apart from the Uber troubles on the way home and the crazy contact lens struggle beforehand, I’m quite satisfied with the way today turned out. We may have lost the house keys, but WE LOST NOTHING ELSE. Apart from the little bit of dignity that ran away when we started the Harry Potter in 99 Seconds singing contest. (I won.)

Tomorrow is a job interview and possibly a day that I will vlog fully? Who knows? I got a lot done today in the way of applications, referral letters and SEEING OLD TEACHERS AT THE PIZZA PLACE. It was terrifying.

Because I’m absolute Christmas trash, I’ve decided to end all my future Blogmas posts with a  sickenigly Christmassy tune. But not Michael Buble because I’m annoyed at Santa Buddy.

MERRY 15 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

Love and light,
Shalom

Awards! Deadlines! PRESENTS | Blogmas Day 9

SO MUCH IS HAPPENING TODAY HOLY CRAP

Alright. Let’s go through this slowly, yeah?

  • Awards

I was nominated for an award by Kaila from [let me tell you my story.]! I feel so overwhelmed and so stereotypical because I dropped my beans on toast down my front when I found out. Thank you Kaila! (I stalk your Instagram compulsively.) I’ll be sure to complete that in the next couple of days, but I have job interviews and birthdays and college apps and…speaking of college apps:

  • Deadlines

MY ONE APP IS DUE TOMORROW AND I REALISED TODAY. Never a good sentence to hear. I’m in the process of frantically reading through my personal statement and hoping that offence spelled offence isn’t wrong as opposed to offence spelled as offense. I’m a little (read: a lot) teary eyed (read: DROWNING IN TEARS) at the application fees. I don’t know where to get $70… six times over. I don’t know how just be like, “YO FATHER, I NEED MORE CASH THAN I HAVE EVER HELD. OR SEEN. FOR SCHOOL THAT I MAY NOT GET INTO.”. I’m a little terrified of entering the credit card details because I KNOW that I’m never getting that cash back. Even if it never belonged to me to begin with.

  • Presents

I’m cashless. I have four siblings and two parents, school chums and family friends and basically every other person on the planet to buy presents for. I don’t know exactly how I’m going to do it, but I have to get around to it somehow. I wish e-cards were actually as cool as the internet said they were in 2009.

All of this aside, THERE ARE SIXTEEN DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. There is also no gingerbread in my house. This is an issue. I shall remedy this tomorrow, if I STOP GOING TO BED AT 4 A.M AND WAKING UP AT ONE IN THE AFTERNOON.

Love and light,
shalom x

Sea Skies| Blogmas Day 8

Oh, Shalom, it looks like you missed day 7! You are a bad blogger! Why bother continuing?

Well, I took a day off yesterday. That’s what happened. I made cookie dough, and ate too much ice cream, and listened to my favourite CD, and burned Sandalwood incense. I’m doing a lot better today.

Today, the sky looked like the sea. At 7pm, the sky was the most magical sea blue; cloudless and glorious. A little earlier on, it was overcast and swirling with blue-grey anger. It was glorious.

I believed in magic tonight. Not Christmas magic, I don’t think, but maybe! The sky was so encapsulating, and I was just whelmed by how brilliant everything was. I think the perks of a summer Christmas include post pool pot bellies, FESTIVE CROP TOPS ( the order is really up to the individual), and seeing the fake snow in kids’ displays that I totally don’t fight to enter. Totally. I’m not a fan of the heatwave and the 38°C mornings, nor the mosquitoes that DEVOUR ME DAILY. In any case – I’m whelmed.

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I guess I’m just grateful today. Grateful to myself for having taken my meds, for my South African Christmas, for lukewarm showers and citrus hair conditioner, and for my person for having feels about me. I’m working on Christmas cards tomorrow, and I think that I’ll become a 100% stereotype and listen to a Christmas special album version next to the tree.

Good luck to everyone writing finals! I hope you make your own luck & that you trust in yourselves.

What’s your plan for tomorrow? AND DO TELL ME, ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW FESTIVE ARE YOU FEELING?

Love and light,
shalom x

 

 

Christmas College | Blogmas Day 6

Thank you for returning, if you’re a returnee! If not, let me fill you in: yesterday was really shit, and yesterday’s post was really shit, and the returnees are gems for having returned. As are you, for showing up. Are we all on the same page?

To get us all warmed up for the brilliant boring-ness that is my life, have this:

 

I FORGOT HOW FUNNY THESE ARE TO MAKE IM YELLING

A video posted by Teen Wolf (@stiles.scott.isaac) on Dec 5, 2015 at 11:45pm PST

 

Onto today! I started today in tears, and woke up awfully sick and stuffy. Again. Do tears make you sick? I thought to myself, “today seems nice enough. I should vlog. Should defs find my camera.” I didn’t. In any case, I spent my mid-morning / afternoon at the Rosebank Rooftop Market, which was incredible. There were so many stalls, so much food, and crazy talented tap dancers. I wish I took more photographs – the market was amazing from start to finish. Also, there was a juice bar. JUICE. BAR.

Upon arriving home, I was slapped in the face by two things: A reminder from myself in the form of SHALOM YOU IDIOT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TAKING YOUR AFTERNOON MEDS YOU FOOL; and THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 10TH YOU FOOL FINISH YOUR APPS YOU FOOL.

I refer to myself as “you fool” in my head an awful lot.

As I type this, the day is almost out. I have not even opened the application portal. I am now a secret santa to someone in my family, broke, trying to organise sleepovers, envious, disheveled (and not in a cute way), biting the nail polish off of my sad excuses for fingernails, in a lot of pain, and listening to love songs.

I ate almost a litre of ice-cream yesterday. I’m doing substantially better. I wish I could go to uni to learn how to Christmas more effectively. Christmas College. I think I’m going to title this post with that.

If any kind souls out there would be keen to proofread my college app supplements, let me know? I’d owe you endless.

Love and light,
shalom x

Not Today | Blogmas Day 5

Today has not been a very lovely day. Unforch. Eugh.

In brief, I had to say goodbye to my person for six-ish weeks, had a run in with a parental human of mine, had a good two hour cry that left me feeling really dehydrated, and walked around a shopping centre until my feet blistered. Very gross all in all.

I’m not feeling particularly festive today at all. I haven’t even looked at the tree once. But the Vlogmas videos are getting me through it…I think? Here are some of my faves that I haven’t previously mentioned (I think?).

Yeah, I know. “Shalom, aren’t these all Louise’s videos?” YES THEY ARE. DEAL WITH IT.

Today has actually just been really shit for me, and my capacity for shitty days is very very close to zero. Half of the tub of ice-cream may have perished. Don’t judge me. Actually, do judge. I’M SEVENTEEN AND FINISHED WITH MY ENTIRE SCHOOL CAREER I AM OFF THE GRID

Have a lovely eveningdaywhatever, my friends. I’m too exhausted to make this any better. I’m so sorry. Except, I’m not sorry for myself – I’ve chosen to stop apologising for myself. This is getting ridiculous.

Love and light,
shalom

Tinsel Town | Blogmas Day 4

I woke up unbelievably sick today – stuffy nose, crusty eyes and more snotty tissues than I’d seen in a long, long time. In any case, I made some miracle tea out of cinnamon, honey, lemon, ginger and rooibos, and saw myself ready to go in less time than I had expected.

Tonight I went out for sushi with two of my lovely friends. While eating the sushi, my bad blogger skills showed up and the photos that were supposed to be taken, were not. I did get emergency snaps of the mall, though! After yelling, “BLOGMAS! PHOTOS FOR BLOGMAS! CHRISTMAS!” these happened:

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I did, however, get pictures of ice cream. Because — ice cream.

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There’s always time for chocolate, though, and sleepover culture dictates  that there needs to be some crying over  expensive chocolate. Obviously.

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Today was a success, overall. I’m exhausted, re. going out while SICK AF, but I’m glad I got to see the Christmas decor. The logical thing to do would be to sleep, but Zoella’s Vlogmas Day 3 video is calling my name far too loudly.

Love and light,
Shalom

Banner Manor | Blogmas Day 3

I was quite pleased with myself today! I managed to get up before 1 PM (which doesn’t sound like a feat, but I’m on school holidays, give me a break!) I cleaned my room, and watched SO MANY Vlogmas videos that my family is probably going to roast me on the spit for using so much of the bandwith.

Today we decided to try to be as crafty as we were yesterday. Initially, we succeeded! We strung the banner from yesterday’s crafting experience, and despite the lounge wall still looking quite very empty, I’m happy with how it turned out:

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After this and well placed misplacement of an old tree-topper, we took a leaf out of Sydney’s Christmas Decor post – or at least we tried to. The snowflake project didn’t quite turn out, but the mess of paper that I’m left to clean sure did.

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Tomorrow, I’ll be headed into tinsel town! Not really, but I will be going to dinner with a couple of my loves, and I’m almost 100% certain that the mall will have outdone itself for Christmas. Stay tuned!

Love and light,
Shalom

Get Festive | Blogmas Day 2

It’s the second day of Blogmas and I’m feeling decidedly more festive! Perhaps it’s because I slept a total of 11 hours today (hello six hour nap). In any case, the festivity got real today. I proved my allegiance to the phandom by adhering to the creed: Don’t cry. Craft.

(Please can at least ONE person get my ref?)

Today we put up the Christmas tree – or, rather, what’s left of it. In a house of five children, I don’t think it’s wise to keep a Christmas tree for 6 years. (Note: in South Africa we don’t buy real trees.)It’s looking a little wonk, but we shoved every Christmassy thing we could on there.

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In the spirit of Craftsmas, we also made the first ever Christmas banner our house has ever seen! It was quite fun, apart from the paint on the tiles. Not fun.

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I’m glad my scrooge-ness is ebbing away. I’m 100% ready  for what will probably be the warmest Christmas South Africa has ever seen (I see you, El Niño), or at least that’s what the 23 8tracks Christmas playlists I’ve listened to today are telling me.

Merry December 2nd!

Love and light,
Shalom