Wednesday, January 30, 2013

23.

An early start to an overcast day - not my idea of summer holidays, but I stole lemons and made my own lemonade (figuratively).
Singing along to Petula Clark's 'Downtown', I raced to Fringe, the best hairdresser a girl could have.
The theme of her salon is true vintage; she has an old television set, a vintage maroon radio and the walls are lined with framed photographs of Old Hollywood icons. I started to relax for the first time that morning, with coffee in hand, I waited my turn whilst humming along to Elvis.
...fast forward and I'm driving to the mall, my hair no longer 'blowing in the wind', but cropped into a pixie cut, just like the inspiring photo of Michelle Williams.
With a long list I raced around the mall, searching for the shops and items in need. I spent my book voucher and now am the proud owner of The Carrie Diaries, which i am most eager to read!
I also bought cotton vests, which remind me of childhood winters. I had finished shopping, but the day's excitement was not over!
My best friends had organised a make-your-own-vegan-pasta-day in honor of my looming departure.
What fun it was! We made the dough, rolled it, pressed it through the machine until it became see-through and then made tagliatelle. The funniest thing was where we kept the pasta while working... Aoife had found a small washing line in the garage that was missing the strings, so we set it up and let the pasta hang on them to dry. We then set to work on making the sauces, which resulted in each of us having a saucepan, each creating a sauce. Luckily the saying, "too many cooks spoil the broth" didn't apply and eventually we settled down to eat, whilst sipping mojitos.
We didn't end up swimming, but instead watched Discovery channel's documentary on finding mermaids - very interesting!!
And here i sit now, smiling and eating ice cream as I record my day.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

22.

To end off  a lovely week, the family gathered around our large wooden table to fill the afternoon with stimulating conversation, delicious food, decadent desserts and long laughs. With the sun was shinning, the air dripping with humidity and the peacocks crowing in the background, summer was at it's peak. 
Belated birthdays were remembered with presents and good wishes for my voyage were presented in the form of a travel diary. Now i have no excuse not to write. 
The house was loud and welcoming, something I shall definitely miss about home, other than my family and friends. Although, my excitement can be detected in the fact that I have already packed my bags; and every night before falling asleep, dreams of London consume my mind. I've also not stopped asking my parents whether my ticket is finally booked, which they say shall be done by the middle of next week. 
As for my days spent awaiting my departure, I have been educating myself in old fashioned films as well as eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Gone With The Wind sequel, Scarlett, and passing the time tanning, making pizza, watching movies, talking into the early hours with friends. 
Another excitement is my 19th birthday which is in 26 days, and by then I'll be in LONDON!
Hopefully, if i have the day off of work, I shall do what any tourist does and go sight-seeing; Big Ben, The London Eye, The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and then I hope to find some local dives where I can unlock London's secrets for myself. 



Thursday, January 24, 2013

21.

My dream professions over the years:

1. A teacher
I would set up a 'class' and make my sister and brother do math sums and write sentences which i would then mark.I had everything i needed, books, pens, a chalkboard, heeled shoes and a pencil sticking out my hair.

2. A Detective
I believe that this is mainly due to my intense obsession with Nancy Drew novels, that I thought in my becoming a female detective I would be recreating fiction. Although, the aspect that always put me off was the fact that criminals had weapons, and the idea of chasing them down scared me so.

3. A Television Presenter
Being on television has always fascinated me and has become something which i long to accomplish and having many people watching me on television - so enraptured, was what reeled me in.

4. An Author
I have a feeling I will accomplish this in the future. I've always enjoyed writing, creating characters and falling in love with them.

5. An Actress
This is deeply ingrained into me, I believe I was born to act. As a young girl I would organize my siblings and cousins with roles and a script and we would rehearse until a fight broke out (which always happened). We would dress up, grab finished toilet rolls and sing our hearts out, perform the skit and then graciously accept our audience's overwhelming applause. This is a strong passion of mine.

6. A Vegan Chef
This is something fairly recent, although as a young girl I would wake early to help my grandpa bake croissants and different types of bread and then stay to help my grandma prepare lunch and dinner. I loved standing next to them in my chef's apron, creating exciting new dishes and pastries. I would then take these new recipes home and try replicate them. I found myself enjoying my time spent in the kitchen which was accompanied by great smells and golden oldies blaring from my Ipod. Then I went on to create my own vegan cookbook during Class 12 and self publish it. Now I'm off to London to chef in a vegan restaurant - I have never been so excited!

7. A Poet
I began writing poetry at the age of 12 and have not stopped. I've got a huge collection of poems, some which reflect my growth as a person and others written using the insight I've gained from other people's experiences, books and films. I'm excited to create a poem book in the future.

8. A Female Soccer Player
My dream was (and still is) to play for Arsenal Girls. This is the one and only sport which I have truly enjoyed. I've sacrificed a lot for soccer, and don't regret a single second. I love every single aspect of the game, something I probably inherited from my father, who played semi-pro during the 1980s. I will continue to believe in my dream.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

20.

So today is the 15th; the day my sister and brother's summer holidays have ended and have reluctantly begun their next year bound to be filled with last-minute cramming, spot tests, sacrifices and the occasional bout of sweat, blood and tears. Although there are always, in among these difficulties, the moments when you think, "I'm so glad to have all these funny and fantastic classmates and these inspiring teachers I shall miss dearly.
Today when I picked them up, after working at the Superfoods Shop (making biscuits and sipping rawlicious smoothies), i couldn't help but smile as I walked down the hallway within which I'd made many many memories.
But it is the new chapter in my life that I am most excited about. London is approaching, friends are off to college and university while the majority seems to be travelling. I'm both quivering with excitement, an emotion that seems to trump the sadness of leaving and saying goodbye - even if it is only a year.
Every night now, I fall asleep to the hazy images I've imagined my life in London to be like.
Independent at last!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Top 20 Films

1. Gone With The Wind


2. The Sound of Music


 3. Clueless

4. Girl, Interrupted


5. The Great Gatsby


6. Amelie


7. Almost Famous


8. The Artist


9. Breakfast at Tiffanys


10. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants


11. The Boat that Rocked


12. An Education


13. All About Eve


14. Ryan's Daughter


15. The Thorn Birds


16. How to Marry a Millionaire


17. Lolita


18. Buffy The Vampire Slayer


19. Footloose


20. Ferris Bueller's Day Off


Summertime Sadness








Sunday, January 6, 2013

19.


Gone With The Wind

Yesterday I settled onto a plush couch with freshly-sliced mango and a copy of Gone With The Wind. Every time I watch this film (and I've watched it a lot), I can't help but smile as Rhett Butler takes over the screen. There is something in his ruggedly handsome face that attracts me and I can't help but allow myself a timid sigh of longing. It was made in 1939, long before colour was an aspect of film and before cinemascope. This fact only makes me more astounded and in awe of director Victor Fleming!

If you watch Scarlet's expressions closely throughout the film, you can see that she truly does love Rhett - which we all wish she'd just realise herself sooner than depicted.

Their romance is at the height of passion, Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh truly convey the relationship's fiery nature. This is one of the many reasons why I love classic films - after the kiss, the screen slowly fades and the rest takes place behind closed doors, leaving much more to the imagination than films of today.








Thursday, January 3, 2013

18.


Oh, and before I forget....




17.

MATRIC RESULTS

I'm sure you can imagine the agonizing wait I endured before I received my results...
Today was the day and I'd awoken thinking I'd find my results in an sms but to my dismay I was told I'd have to wait until 12:00 to receive them at school.
Well, I'll say the wait was worth it!
I remember my reaction to my math mark.. my hand flew to my mouth and my heart started beating wildly within my chest, my eyes must have popped out of my sockets... A 94% - talk about surprise!
My others are as follows:
English - 81
Life Orientation - 82
History - 81
Dramatic Arts - 88
Biology - 72
Afrikaans - 70

As I held the paper on which my marks were printed, I realised that this was the result of everything I had done last year; all the effort, last minute cramming, sacrifices (although not too many ;).
It is finally over.