Happy Monday

Mondays, EW. Even worse, I'm currently home sick hoping that the tests tell me that I don't have glandular fever. That'd be lovely.

On a more positive note, a couple of weeks ago I came across this picture, and I just love it.
It is currently my background and I just love having this inspirational message appear to me as I turn on my laptop.

It is in fact sold by Holstee along with so many other cute items!

On yet another note, I saw this on another blog and thought I'd post my own.
I'm currently:
Watching: Friends & The OC - I'm at home sick so I've had plenty of time to watch endless amounts of these
Reading: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - I've read all about her and been told all about this book, but nothing has quite prepared me for just how depressing it is. Brilliant though.
Listening: I Was A Teenage Hand Model by Queens Of The Stone Age & Last Nite by The Stokes
Learning: That I love the OC a tad too much - I should probably learn something a bit more substantial
Drinking: Coffee - too much, might have a problem
Enjoying: The weather - cold but sunny, perfect for big thick warm jackets and cuddly blankets

What are your "I'm Currently"s?

Happy Birthday Dad

So a few days ago was my father's birthday, happy 46th birthday papa, and I had to think about what to get him for a present within a small budget. Luckily for me, my father is the most un- materialistic person (a quality which was definitely not passed down to me) and so I decided to make him stuff instead. So I made him an incredibly long mix tape - it ended up being a mixed dvd due to lack of space on a regular cd - took him out for breakfast and made him this incredibly easy and incredibly delicious (if I do say so myself) Rocky Road.

I thought I'd include the recipe, and some poorly taken photos (bear with me as I am learning the ropes on this whole photography thing) of the rocky road as it really is ludicrously simple and yummy :)!!

What You Will Need:
 x     2 family-sized blocks Cadbury chocolate - I used one dairy milk, one hazelnut
 x     2 packets of marshmallows
 x     100g turkish delight - my dad doesn't like turkish delight so I used strawberry flavoured liquorice - I was a bit iffy about trying this, but it's so yum
 x     100g unsalted cashews, roughly halved - I added more, but that's personal taste
 x     1/2 cup desiccated coconut

What To Do:
Fill a saucepan 1/4 of the way with water, and bring to the boil. Cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting bowl. Break up both blocks of chocolate and melt in the bowl over the boiling water. Remove from the heat.

Dice turkish delight (or liquorice) into small cubes. Add it to the melted chocolate along with the marshmallows and cashews. Mix until all ingredients are covered in chocolate.

Line a baking tray with cling wrap and pour the mixture into the tray and refrigerate overnight.

Here's a picture of the finished product. Not very attractive photo, but oh-so-yum!!!

If you try this recipe and like it, let me know! Or if you have any recipes you'd like to share, please do!!!

If You Could Travel Anywhere, Where Would You Choose?

My answer would be everywhere. I want to travel anywhere I can including: Sydney, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, London, Paris, Moscow, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Bahamas, Morocco, Italy & New York, just to name a few.

My desire to travel has recently be rekindled by the arrival of a book I bought online (oh my goodness, I love online shopping too much) called 'The Stylist’s Guide to NYC' by Sibella Court. I bought it merely liking the concept and not having much idea of what I would find when it finally arrived. But oh-my-goodness-me, it’s brilliant, to say the least. More than it being brilliant, wonderful, insightful and just-plain-gorgeous, it also makes me long to travel as much and as often as I possibly can.
Feel free to have a look at some of the wonderful pictures within, click here and if you feel like purchasing your own copy here is where I got mine. It has inspired me oh-so-much, I can't even begin to tell you.

Where would you like to travel to or have travelled to recently? Or perhaps you have found other wonderful travel books? If you care to share, I’d love to listen.

Year 12 Blues

 I love to study. I love learning. I love books and reading and writing and school and lectures and classes and studying. I am a nerd and I am proud to be one. Year 12 however, is a whole other story. Although I love my classes, other than maths, and I love my teachers and I do still love the learning, year 12 exams are one of the most stressful times I have ever experienced. I am only a few days away from the one mid-year exam I have, and yet I have never been so stressed. My entire year level is studying like crazy. It’s insane and stressful and horrible and I would like to know why? What is the point? One year of stress, cramming, expectations and disappointments and for what? A little double digit number which only really defines your near future and nothing else? Seems like a bit of a gyp to me.

Okay, I am done ranting, and yes, I do see the point in the studying, it’s going to get me to where I want to be, into the course which I want to be in, but jeez, I would love love love to not have to think about homeostasis or immunity for just one day.