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

 

 

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

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