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

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

 

 

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

Existential Crises & Non-Festivities | Blogmas Day 1

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On the first day of Blogmas, my true love gave to me… A NASTY EXISTENTIAL CRISIS. The crazy lack of festive feelings has led me to consider changing my name to Ebenezer.

Hi there, guys, gals & non-binary pals! I’ve some news: I tried to vlog today, and ended up being just complaining, wondering about the world and my terribly uncertain future (What is the future? Does it actually exist seeing that it hasn’t happened? Do I even exist?) and making mac & cheese. That’s essentially it. So, no vlog today, but I’m thinking I’ll do a weekly Vlogmas vlog? Perhaps perchance? Who really knows?

Today’s Blogmas topic is: Introductions.

Pshhh. Definitely not a totally vague topic on which I could say everything and nothing at the same time.

I feel as though today was the least Christmassy day of December. Our tree isn’t up. The heat was ridiculous, and then it was crazy overcast, and the weather was just having a terrible day. Kinda like me.

If this was supposed to be an introduction to Blogmas, then here: Welcome to Blogmas! Here, you’ll find festive festivities from a place where Christmas happens in the heat of summer, amidst college applications and the void that comes with finishing school. Merry Christmas!

I’ve played three Christmas playlists today and I’m STILL not feeling this. Perhaps tomorrow? I think I’m going to succumb to the Pinterest user stereotype and fairy light the heck out of my room. After I dig it out from the pile of papers it’s under. My room, that is.

 Happy Tuesday, folks! And happy day one of Blogmas! Cheers to more festive days than today, and the hope that I can get these apps in by the US-time deadline. Yeesh.

Love and light,
Shalom

Blogmas, Vlogmas & December In Between | Update

Aloha! I have updates and news that are 70% irrelevant to mast things concerning most people. Little things that are happening (for real this time) but before I start, I should inform you: I’m in South Africa. Snow at Christmastime is NOT a thing. Okay. Now, it begins!

  1. Blogmas & Vlogmas

Starting on December 1st, I’m going to be doing a blog-a-day until Christmas and sometimes, a little vlog too over here on my YouTube channel – you can subscribe to get first dibs! I think I low-key know that I’m only committing to Vlogmas so I have a reason to get up and shower every day. Or something. Stay tuned for my lonely December misadventures while all my friends are (a) overseas, (b) partying it up by the sea, or (c) both. Everyone is welcome to join! I think I’ll be using WeBlogWeVlog‘s Vlogmas calendar from last year – just scroll back to December 2014. Here it is too, for your added convenience:

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2. Ta, High School

I got through exams! Somehow I managed, and I don’t know how I’m going to stay sane until results day in January. In any case, a school uniform will never mandatorily adorn my body again. Bless.

3. The Series Quest

I’ve got a lot to do in terms of time wasting. For example, I’d love to watch Jessica Jones BUT I’m lucky enough to live South of the equator where Netflix doesn’t exist. Except maybe in Australia? I’m not sure. In any case, I need new series to watch, old series to finish (I see you, Game of Thrones) and something, anything, to obsess over.

That’s pretty much what December looks like for me – I hope you stick around! What does your December look like?

(That was the cheesiest, most cliche blogger ending I have ever typed out. Yeesh.)

Love and light,
Shalom

 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Deadlines | Re: College Apps

My final exams are on their last legs. I have three more papers, two of which are on the same day (yes, it’s alright History & Drama, you can kill me, I don’t mind), and I’m very, very excited to have it all over with.

Mostly because I need more time. For school.

I’m applying to several universities (colleges?) in both the USA and Canada, and most of my deadlines are disturbingly close to December 10th – the day one of my girls (who are we kidding) leaves for Viet-fricken-nam. There is a lot to be done in the way of essays, “why and how would your admission to XYZ University benefit the University and the world?” type questions, paying CRAZY fees just to send through a form, and hoping to all that is holy that I didn’t screw up too badly in these finals so that I can at least  have some sort of shot.

In other December news: It’s almost Christmas?

I was talking to my mom about how this year, Christmas doesn’t feel anything like it. The supermarkets started decorating late, no Christmas craft pop-up stores have opened up as of yet, and honestly, nobody is excited. My mom gave me a simple answer: “it’s because there’s no money this year.”Makes sense.

In any case, the Christmas feeling is near non-existent; the pressure of deadlines is mounting, and I think I’m going to an 18th birthday party tonight. Maybe. (Update: I’m going.)

To all of the kids completing college apps as well, good luck. May we all finish in time, write bomb ass essays, and be accepted to our RD schools with promising financial aid packages. May we not break out into hives every time we think about out upcoming student loans and the fact that we’ll all be broke until we’re 35.

love and light,
shalom


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