Thursday, 31 December 2015

December Round-Up

2nd December
The beginning of December was the beginning of my mocks. What a great way to start the most festive month of the year, right? For my whole year in school, they were on from Wednesday the 2nd to Tuesday the 8th but all three of mine were on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, so I was lucky in the sense that I got all of mine over before the weekend so I had four full days off school, yay! They went pretty well and I've since got my results back and I was happy with how I'd done :)

5th December
In my November Round-Up, I mused a bit about how scary it was that all my friends were turning 18. Today, my neighbour, Chloe, who I've known since we were about 3, turned 18. Now that's what I call scary (hey, that could be the name of a new Halloween album)! She had a party in her house so I went over to celebrate with her and it was such a fun night!

16th December
Today I had my last ever school carol service *sniffs sadly*. The carol service was always my favourite event in the school calendar to sing and play my violin in because it always got me right into the Christmas spirit after exams. We put on two carol services every year because our whole school wouldn't fit into the church at once so it was quite a tiring day! But I was so sad when it was over!

20th December
Today, my whole family (my mum, dad, 2 sisters, brother and I) went into the Christmas markets in Belfast. It's a little tradition that we have and every year we get the train in and go to St. George's market first and then the Continental Market in front of the city hall. It was such a festive day and I have to say Belfast did look quite cute with all fairy lights draped down the front of the city hall. I didn't actually buy much other than sausage bap, a smoothie, a hot chocolate and a cupcake, but I found it so nice just walking around looking at all the stalls.

21st December
I had my driving test today (I have absolutely no idea why I booked it for 4 days before Christmas when the traffic would be busy with everyone doing last-minute Christmas shopping!). I had taken about 3 one-hour lessons during the summer and then when school started back in September I started taking one two-hour lesson every week. I did my theory test in October and finally had my practical test today. I was a nervous wreck beforehand - I didn't sleep until 3am and could hardly eat anything for breakfast!

After driving around with my instructor for an hour we went to the test centre and I can confirm that sitting in a driving test centre waiting for your name to be called is worse than sitting waiting in the dentist! I'd take the dentist any day! The examiner came out and after signing a few things, we went out to the car and the test began. It was so scary and my nerves did cause me to make a few silly minor errors, but nothing serious so I passed!!! I was so so happy! My driving instructor actually told me afterwards that the examiner I had was the strictest one from my local test centre which made me even happier that I'd passed! I can literally taste the freedom! (while driving under 45mph with my 'R' plates up, of course!)

25th December
Christmasss! I was woken by my siblings at 7:30am and after about 15 minutes of them trying to actually get me out of bed, we went downstairs to see what Santa had brought. My main present this year was a new laptop because the one I had was 5 years old and well past its day. I'll need a good laptop for university so my parents got me an ASUS Zenbook and I love it so much! It's so fast and and I know I'll be using it a lot in the next few years!!!

I had such a lovely day with my family and my uncle came round for Christmas dinner. My mum did a great job with the turkey and the whole meal was delicious! After dinner we played a few games and just chilled. I had such a great day!

26th December
Normally on Boxing Day, my granny and granda on my mum's side come to our house along with her brother but unfortunately this year my granda couldn't come. He suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and has done since he was diagnosed in 2009. He was put into residential care in September because my granny wasn't able to care for him at home without any support anymore. In the last 6 weeks he's gone downhill really fast and now he's so frail he can hardly walk and he's so confused that he didn't understand it was Christmas. It's really heartbreaking to see because he's now a shell of the man he used to be. So, the nurses in the residential home thought it would be better for him to stay in the home on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but my mum and granny went to visit him before my mum brought my granny to our house.

Boxing Day is like a second Christmas Day in our house as we receive our presents from our granny and granda and we have another turkey dinner. Again, I had such a lovely day! It would have been better if my granda could have been there but I understand that it was for his own good that he couldn't come.

29th December
We went up to my granny and granda's house on my dad's side today to see them as well as my auntie and uncle who are home from America for a few weeks and we had another lovely day there. It was great getting to catch up with my auntie and uncle and I always love hearing their stories about America. The way of life just seems so different! My auntie is from Mississippi but her and my uncle live in Nashville now. I'd love to go visit them out there sometime!

Also, my granny and granda have just got a little kitten that they found at a cat sanctuary. She's 10 weeks but she's tiny! They called her Josie and it's just the cutest name for such a cute little cat! However, although she's tiny, she is so hyper and can run so fast!

31st December
Tonight, I'm going to celebrate the new year with my family and friends at my friend Charlie's house. We have this tradition every year where we all go there and watch movies and play games and then count down to the new year. It's always so much fun and I'm really looking forward to it. Also, I'm designated driver this year for my family, woo!


As this is my last post of 2015, I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my blog, commenting on any of my posts, and following me on any of my social media sites. Your support means the absolute world to me!  

I hope you all have had an amazing 2015 and that your 2016 will be even better! I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for us all!

I love you very much - MWAHH!

Happy New Year!
- Caoimhe x

Monday, 21 December 2015

The Christmas Tag

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie?
It has to be Elf! I've seen it so many times that I could act in it but it still makes me laugh until my stomach hurts every time I watch it!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
I open my presents on Christmas morning because I love waking up all excited!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I think all of my favourite Christmas memories are to do with spending time with family members and friends that I haven't seen for a while. I also loved the excitement I felt on Christmas Eve when I was younger, getting the mince pies and milk out for Santa, and of course the carrot for Rudolph!

4. Favourite festive food?
I love mince pies - I eat an unhealthy amount of them around Christmas!

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
When I was younger I remember I received this amazing doll's house and I was just amazed by it! I spent hours on end giving all of the dolls little stories and lives! We kept it right up until my youngest sister was about 6 but then we had to get rid of it because we had no more room to store it. I wish I'd been able to keep it for if I have children in the future so I could give it to them!

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
My mum always buys cinnamon scented sachets (wow, nice sibilance) to put on the radiators at Christmas and our house always smells amazing! It would have to be either that or the smell of real Christmas trees - you can't beat that smell!

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Not really. My family just go and visit other family members and friends to give them their Christmas presents. We just have a nice relaxed day :)

8. What tops your tree?
We have a little china angel at the top of our tree. We've had her for as long as I can remember!

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
My one crazy thing I asked for wasn't actually a physical gift! When I was about 7 or 8 I really wanted to be magic (I still would like to be to be quite honest, it's would be so fun!) so I put magic powers right at the top of my list, sure that Santa would give them to me! Needless to say, I didn't wake up magic that Christmas morning...

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
As cheesy as it sounds, it is definitely spending time with my family and friends. I love having loads of people calling to the house and going to other people's houses over the Christmas period and I love getting to see family members or friends that I haven't seen in ages - Christmas wouldn't be Christmas if you didn't have people to spend it with!

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas! :)
- Caoimhe x

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

November Round-Up

1st November
The beginning of November marked the end of my Halloween holidays but it also marked my friend Amy's 18th birthday. So, that evening 8 of us went out to celebrate and it was so much fun! I find it crazy that all of my friends are starting to turn 18 when I still have 6 months of being 17 (literally - it was my half-birthday on the 27th November!). Everyone's getting old!

Caoimhe, Orlaith, me and Amy :)

13th November
The following week my granda took me, my sister and my two cousins to see the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. My sister, cousins and I play the violin so my granda enjoys taking us to things that will sort of inspire us to keep playing, I guess. They were playing Rogers and Hammerstein music, the composers who wrote the music from The Sound Of Music, The King and I, Oklahoma and Carousel, among many other musicals. It was really nice hearing them play songs I knew well as well as songs I'd never heard before. It was the second time I've seen the Ulster Orchestra and they always put on a really good performance!

18th November
The following Wednesday in school we had an Interview Skills Day, which was basically where we had to go through a mock interview process. Everyone in my year had to apply for a job and we worked on our application forms for about three weeks prior to the Interview Skills Day. You could apply for anything from a GP to a teacher to a physiotherapist - I applied for an Educational Translator since I study French and Spanish. Then on the actual day, we all had to come in dressed in proper work clothes. It was so strange seeing everyone dressed formally for work - we all looked so old!

In the morning we were put in groups of 6 and had two group tasks to work on. Then after a short break, the interviews began. I was so nervous before my interview but it went well! It went so quickly that I thought the guy was joking when he said it was over! After lunch we had an aptitude test, which tested our English and Maths skills. I found the English part easy because it was testing spelling and grammar, which I find I have a natural instinct for. However, I found the Maths part so hard as I'm pretty rubbish at Maths! I ended up running out of time and had to guess the last 6 or so! Overall, I found it a really good day. It was a good way to get an insight into a proper recruitment process and I got some really valuable feedback that I know will help me when applying for any jobs in the future.

Just to add a bit of fashion to the post,
I wore this dress with a black blazer over the top :)

22nd November
The Sunday after that I went to see Mockingjay: Part 2 with my younger brother. To say it was incredibly emotional would be an understatement. I received the first Hunger Games book for Christmas in 2011, when I was 13. I started reading it at midnight when I got into bed on Christmas night and finished it at 8am on Boxing Day morning because I literally could not put it down! I read the next two books the following week and went to the three former movies as soon as they came out. I love the books and movies and so I was so sad that the last one was coming out. It was such a good movie and some parts were so sad! (But I won't spoil it!) As cheesy as it sounds, the Hunger Games will always be more than a franchise to me *sniffs*

27th November
It's no secret on my blog that I'm a huge fan of the Vamps and the following Friday the 27th was a historical day in the fandom... We got a new album!!! After 1 year and 7 months, we finally have new music! So, the Vamps released their second album, Wake Up, and it is amazing! I'm not just saying that because they're my favourite band, like it genuinely is amazing! It's quite a different sound but there is something on it for everyone and I would highly recommend that you go check it out! It's made me so excited for their tour in March!

On that same day, something bad happened though. My mum and dad were in the house while we were at school and one of my cats, Angel, appeared in the back garden with one of her legs looking all limp and her left eye wasn't opening. They took her to the vet who said she had torn her brachial plexus, probably in a fight with another cat, and it means that she has no feeling in her front left leg. The vet said there was a small chance that the nerve damage could repair itself within about 10 days to 2 weeks and she would get the feeling back but unfortunately it hasn't happened and it means she is going to have to get it amputated. It's really sad seeing her hopping around on 3 legs but at least she feels no pain, I suppose.

28th November
You may or may not know that in Northern Ireland we have entrance exams that children in P7 (10/11 year olds) sit to get into secondary schools. My sister, Clare, was sitting the exams every Saturday in November. She worked so hard the whole month and the months leading up to it, including during the summer! So, my mum and dad decided to treat her and they booked us an overnight stay in a 5-star hotel in Co. Wicklow in the south of Ireland. It was such a lovely break and Clare finally got to relax after all her hard work!

The amazing view on a walk we did there
I hope you all had a lovely November!
- Caoimhe x

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