Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas Day

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Twas Christmas today. Obviously. Christmas at my house means lots of presents, followed by nanny and uncle Rodney coming over for lunch, followed by more presents. I got some fair awesome presents this year. I’ll try and sort them into who gave them to me:

  • Mum
    • Chucks
    • Super Scribblenauts (DS)
    • Masquerade mask
    • Trolli stocking
    • Eragon (Christopher Paolini)
    • Scratchies
    • Pins
    • Voodoo doll keyring
    • Super Mario chess
    • Bloodlines (Richelle Mead)
    • 10 Short Stories You Must Read In 2011
    • Computer headset
    • Maxi dress
    • Superman undies
    • Necklace
  • Tara
    • Photo frames
    • The Girl in the Steel Corset (Kady Cross)
    • Earrings
    • Twilight Scene It (joke present)
    • Highlighters
    • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon – Explorers of Time (DS)
    • Bracelets
  • Nan
    • Chucks
    • $50
    • Beauty set
  • Dad
    • Photo frame
    • Hot chocolate set
    • Favourites
  • Omi
    • Scarf
    • Necklace
  • Carly
    • Big hot pink headphones
  • Grace
    • Gem necklace

That’s all I can remember at the moment. I know I’ve forgotten some things, but I’ve managed to put down most of them. Thanks everyone for the gifts, I love all my pressies!

Just after nan and Rod got here, Tara took me to Carly’s house so I could drop off her present. I got her Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Mamma Mia! on DVD. It took me bloody ages to find Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! It probably had something to do with the fact that I left it ’til Christmas-eve-eve to buy it. I finally found it yesterday, after phoning all the JB’s nearby. Manny was at Carly’s when we stopped by. Tara says he’s a lot louder than she predicted.

At my place, we always have a really nice Christmas lunch. We have roast chicken, beef and veggies with gravy, and eat the leftovers for tea, along with salad and other random meats. We also had a really nice cheese platter, with a bunch of different cheeses, and I must say, I heart smoked cheese and peppercorn cheese! And we always pull bonbons too, but this year I got majorly jibbed! The first bonbon I pulled, I won the bigger side, but there was absolutely nothing inside. Not even a hat. Sad face.

The hail came after lunch. Tara had left to visit her boyfriend’s nanna at the hospital, as she is very sick. We heard the hail battering down as we played Trivial Pursuit. It was incredibly loud! We looked out the window and saw hailstones, that were literally the size of golf-balls (some even bigger), covering our lawn. Mum kept some of the hailstones and put them in our freezer. They’re enormous! Understandably, nan was worried about her car out in the street, but luckily we convinced her not to go out and move it. And of course, we were worried about Tara. We didn’t know if she had arrived at the hospital yet or not, so for all we knew, she was out driving in the blasted hailstorm. Finally we got in touch though, and she was safe, thank goodness. Once the hail was over, there was a huge generic storm. But it bloody poured. Our backyard is now flooded, as well as part of our shed. But we’re lucky compared to some people. One family we know had their entire upstairs flooded (we assume the rain got in through their roof). But the storms are expected to continue, and a tornado is predicted to hit some towns, including Lilydale. So I really hope Tiernan will be alright.

Well, Merry Christmas everyone! Or should I say, merry happy! As an ending note, I will leave you with some Christmas quotes (or Christmas-related quotes) said by my family:

Mum: “I think the worst day to have Christmas is a Wednesday.”
Me: “But isn’t Christmas always on a Sunday?”
Mum: “No, Christmas is always on December 25th…”

Tara: “Why is it lukewarm? Why isn’t it johnwarm, or stevewarm?”

Me: “Moths are disgusting! They’re like hobos of the bug-world.”

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This year was also the first year we spent Christmas without my poppy, as he sadly passed away at the beginning of the year. Rest in peace poppy! I love you and miss you.

House Tully

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Whilst going on another of my obsessive Game of Thrones merch-searches, I came across a quiz that supposedly tells you your house. So of course, I did it. What can I say, it’s 12:43 am. But yes, apparently I belong to the House Tully. I did two quizzes actually – the other one said I was equally Targaryen and Lannister. Yeah, I’ll just disregard that one, thanks. This description seems fairly accurate:

You Scored as HOUSE TULLY

You hail from House Tully. Your house seat is Riverrun in the Riverlands. As your motto says, you are all about your family and honor. You confide in friends and family first, and keep strangers at a distance. You cant always stand up for yourself, but you would never betray your friends to get ahead. A true good guy in this world. Your house motto: Family, Duty, and Honor.

HOUSE TULLY
85%
HOUSE STARK
80%
HOUSE GREYJOY
60%
HOUSE MARTELL
55%
HOUSE TARGARYEN
55%
HOUSE LANNISTER
50%
HOUSE ARRYN
45%
HOUSE TYRELL
45%
HOUSE FREY
35%
HOUSE BARATHEON
30%

Goodbye BSC Forever… Finally!

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So tonight (well, last night really) I went to my old high school’s awards night and did a speech for being last year’s DUX. My God I was so nervous! I hate speaking in front of people. Zif they’d make me do a speech. Especially since I had to do all the chasing up regarding the time and everything. Grrr. But anyway, it’s finally over. And now, after having said goodbye about four times already, I am never going back. For real this time. Here is a copy of my speech:

Good evening everyone! My name is Caitlyn [surname], and I graduated from Bundoora SC last year, in 2010. I have many fond memories of Bundoora, in particular regarding the friends I made and my Year 12 Maths Methods and Psychology classes. When I was studying VCE, I was lucky in that not only did I have really good teachers, but I was also quite quick at picking up new things. A good study technique that Mr. Turner taught me, was to write my notes on a large piece of paper, and transfer them to progressively smaller pieces of paper, by excluding things I was confident with. Although I did well in year 12, I did have a tendency to focus more on my favourite subjects, and put less time into studying those I didn’t enjoy as much. For those going into Year 12 next year, I’d recommend spending more time revising all subjects, not just your favourite. It’s also important to choose subjects you enjoy, so that this doesn’t happen in the first place. Overall, I felt like my time at high school went by really fast, so make the most of it while you can. Make many friends, and take in as much as possible, as you only have one chance at high school and as a teenager.

This year I began studying a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University. At first, the uni environment took some getting used to, as I had to be more independent than in high school, with lectures and assignments. There is a different expectation at uni, that you will make up any missed time yourself, that you hand in assignments promptly, and that lecturers will not chase you for these things. I also had to make my own way there via public transport and learn how best to get around the large city campus. However, I settled in fairly quickly, and now I’m really enjoying uni, especially the social side. Melbourne has a huge social scene, with lots of student clubs and societies, and I’ve been able to meet lots of people with the same interests as me. It’s a good idea to spend some time finding out about these clubs at orientation week, so that you can be more involved in the whole uni experience. I did this, and as such have met most of my new friends in this way. There’s also a lot more freedom at uni than at school. I can choose from hundreds of subjects within my arts degree, and even choose a few from other courses, like music. Since we make our own timetables, depending on the classes available, I can give myself days off, or have only one or two classes a day. It’s a nice change from having to be at school for six hours a day, five days a week!

Next year I get to choose my course major, and I’ve chosen psychology. I’ve known since year nine that I want to be a psychologist, which requires studying a bachelor degree, followed by a year of honours, and a post-grad, which will end up taking me seven years. While that may seem like a really long time, with the way things have gone so far, I think I will definitely enjoy being at uni for another six years.

Congratulations to the class of 2011 on finishing school, and I hope you all get the results you are aiming for! Good luck to everyone for the future!

Although apparently I accidentally congratulated the class of 2006, instead of the class of 2011. Woops! I didn’t even notice! And then I laughed at Miss West for accidentally calling them the class of 2003! Fail. Then I had to announce the new DUX of 2011. Which I said correctly this time. Tara tells me I was good at that. Announcing the DUX, I mean. I waited for the applause from my own speech to finish, and then said “I am now pleased to announce the Bundoora Secondary College DUX of 2011, Ahmed [surname]”, mentioned the awards he got, and then when he was getting his award, I said “Congratulations Ahmed!” and I was done. So apparently I was better at that than some of the teachers even! Oh shut up, I’m proud. Well I’m allowed to be. I did something completely nerve-wracking, that I didn’t want to do in the first place, and did it kinda well. Although I didn’t show much emotion. But that’s understandable, since it’s a bit hard to be animated whilst your heart is hammering away, and you’re reading a speech off a piece of paper that you’re holding up because the microphone is pointed at your forehead so you can’t look down and you don’t know how to adjust it. But yes, disregarding that, I think I did quite well! 🙂

Race, Class and Alignment

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Whilst looking up stuff regarding alignments in RPGs, I came across a website that had a “What D&D Character Am I?” quiz, that tells you your supposed race, class and alignment. And this is what I got:

True Neutral Human Bard (2nd Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 8
Dexterity- 10
Constitution- 12
Intelligence- 15
Wisdom- 16
Charisma- 10

Alignment:
True Neutral-
A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn’t feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he’s not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Bards-
Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.

Detailed Results:

Alignment:
Lawful Good —– XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (19)
Neutral Good —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (19)
Chaotic Good —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)
Lawful Neutral — XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (19)
True Neutral —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (19)
Chaotic Neutral – XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)
Lawful Evil ——- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Neutral Evil —– XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Chaotic Evil —– XXXXXXXXXXX (11)

Law & Chaos:
Law —– XXXXXXXXX (9)
Neutral – XXXXXXXXX (9)
Chaos — XXXXXX (6)

Good & Evil:
Good —- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Neutral – XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Evil —– XXXXX (5)

Race:
Human —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Dwarf —— XX (2)
Elf ———- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Gnome —- XXXXXX (6)
Halfling —- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Half-Elf —- XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Half-Orc — XXXX (4)

Class:
Barbarian – (-4)
Bard ——- XXXXXXXX (8)
Cleric —— (-4)
Druid —— (-4)
Fighter —- (-2)
Monk —— (-25)
Paladin — (-23)
Ranger —- (-4)
Rogue —– XXXX (4)
Sorcerer — XXXXXX (6)
Wizard —- XXXXXX (6)

So much for my always being an Elven Archer… I didn’t even get a positive number in my Ranger score! My alignment’s pretty close – I always go between Neutral Good, Chaotic Good, True Neutral, and occasionally Chaotic Neutral.

Dreams of the Future

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The present sucks. Growing up with movies like Back to the Future and the Fifth Element, my generation have really gotten our hopes up. According to Back to the Future II, we should have flying cars and hoverboards in four years. Yeah, I highly doubt that will end up happening. We haven’t invented anything worthwhile in years! What is this Blu-Ray? Why do we need a sharper image in our movies? I don’t care about it. I watch movies on my three inch iPod screen, for fuck’s sake. We didn’t even think we needed a sharper image until some anal person invented Blu-Ray and we saw it for ourselves. I would gladly trade Blu-Ray DVDs for flying cars. Those are much more important. But how will we ever invent flying cars, when no-one has even invented a car that runs on rubbish yet? The human race fails. All these movies with ideas for inventions, and all we can succeed in making is better DVDs, pointless touch-screens, backwards dressing gowns, and slippers that move when people walk.

We also need spaceships, so we can travel between different planets (and maybe even different solar systems). But of course, we’d need to be able to actually survive on those planets. I guess it would be helpful to be able to terraform planets for human life, like in Firefly. Now that would be awesome. Imagine just being able to fly a spaceship to a new planet, and live there for a while! We could be everywhere! Wow. Hopefully we’d find some aliens along the way as well. I really hope this Kepler 22-B has life on it. Now all we have to do is invent a really fast spaceship and go there.

I have read some prophecies made in the 15th-16th centuries by a woman named Mother Shipton. She predicted boats, planes, cars, wars, plagues, submarines, skyscrapers, and a whole bunch of other events or inventions from history. And some of her predictions have still not come to pass. Some of her predictions have been interpreted to mean the end of the world as we know it. A meteor will hit the Earth, and most of human civilisation will be killed. But some people will survive by hiding out underground, and they will slowly begin to rebuild life. But then psychic aliens will come to Earth, and join with man, and the ‘Golden Age’ will begin again. It sounds really far-fetched, and of course, it is just an interpretation of Mother Shipton’s rhyming prophecies, but it does sound rather exciting.

And of course, someone needs to invent a Time Machine. Hopefully during my lifetime. Because what fun is the future if you can’t experience it?