mount nyiragongo, in the democratic republic of congo, africa. part of the great rift valley, its crater is filled with fluid, bubbling lava; standing on the edge would be like looking into the centre of the earth. i need to be there ♥
this is actually on the reading list for my degree, but i would totally read it for leisure as well. bill bryson’s books are so engaging and really funny at times; this particular tome is an abridged account of the history of everything - from the origin of the universe, to the earth’s formation, to early life, to dinosaurs, to today - and whatever was in between. totally worth a read if you’re a bit of a geek like me. ♥
about to go have my third consecutive barbeque of the year
this weather is unbelievable, and made even better by the coconutty smell of suncream and the sound of crackling sausages. we’ll all laze by the river ‘til the sun goes down, then it’s snuggly movie time! it doesn’t get any better than this. ♥
i am probably the least sporty person in the universe, which is why i have always possessed a deep-seated hatred for PE lessons; especially ones where we had to run around in shorts in the rain, with a pervy teacher who watched us get changed with a creepy smile. which was 99% of the time.
but i took up rowing one day a couple of summers ago, and it was the best thing ever. each saturday i’d wake up at six, travel to the rowing centre with my friend and spend the whole morning sliding through the glassy river water in the sunshine, watching lambs skip around on the banks. it was wonderfully relaxing; but eventually they told me it was time to think about competing in races, and suddenly all the fun was gone. i hate competitive sport; the suggestion brought back the memories of being pitched against much taller and sportier people in PE class and letting the team down. i saw rowing as a thing of personal enjoyment and achievement, and once that was taken away i didn’t want to do it any more.
my hobbies now are my arts - photography, writing, pixelling - reading, studying, singing (when i can), putting together & shopping for new outfits, watching films and taking long mountaintop walks whenever the opportunity presents itself!
in school, geography and science were my two loves; despite often having totally incapable teachers, the subjects still enthralled me and i worked hard at them to reach a level of understanding good enough to help me get the top grades. moving onto college, i took geography, physics and chemistry a-levels - coming out with an even increased passion for the subjects and grades more than good enough to get into university on an earth science masters degree. earth science incorporates my three college subjects perfectly; it’s the study of the earth, how it came to be, the history of life, what it’s made from and the processes that shape it. it’s the origin of the universe, it’s spewing lava, it’s dinosaurs and gigantic forces. i bleddy love it. ♥
Kezzi, did getting braces hurt? I'm super scared D';
not at all! :D the process of having them put on is painless - but for a few days afterwards (and after every time you have them tightened) your teeth ache because they’re moving. and that’s all! nothing to worry about at all - just look forward to your new dazzling smile.
i’m short-sighted, so before i got contacts i did have to wear glasses every day in school to see the board. i hated having metal frames on my face and they gave me horrible headaches, so getting contacts was a miracle! ♥
(skipping the disney princess one because i hated those films)
WHY. just WHY.
when ugg boots first came into “fashion” a couple of years ago, i was totally baffled by their appeal. they are the most unflattering shape, and make it look like your legs end in stumps; and they’re so badly designed that you end up walking with your foot slipping off the inside of the sole. i remember thinking “surely, surely, they will go away forever very soon and never come back.”
but no. i still see girls scuffing around in them (because that’s what you do in ugg boots - you don’t walk, you just scuff the ground with every step), and the worst part is that 90% of the time they’re worn with black leggings and a denim skirt - a totally unflattering fashion disaster in itself. add the stumpy-leg-look that ugg boots give you, and you just look like a womble.
i don’t eat “so much junk” - i’ll have a cheeseburger and/or chips twice a week at most, and even then they’re just part of my daily quotient of meat and carbs. my overall diet is varied, healthy and balanced; so i can enjoy the odd fast-food meal without it having any negative consequences. i get asked this a lot; you guys just need to learn the difference between unhealthy foods and unhealthy diets. c;
i was dreading today’s field trip down a massive old, damp coalmine; but it was actually so banterous! we had to turn the lights on our helmets off to “experience pitch dark”, and alice suddenly squeezed my bum, which made me jump a mile. every time the word “shaft” was mentioned we had spazzy twitch fits from trying not to giggle like children, and the miner bloke that was showing us around got “well offended” when i couldn’t understand his welsh accent. afterwards we visited some sweet old mining cottages that had been re-decorated to how they would have looked at the time - full of sexy vintage memorabilia like old record players and alarm clocks - and ended up in one of the “living rooms”, playing the piano. everyone must think we are absolutely mental, but we have the best time on field trips. we do. just wait until we go to scotland. we’re planning on wearing tartan berets for every single field exercise and everyone’s last name will begin with “mc” for the whole week.
the st. paddy’s day festivities are going to start any minute now, and our flat looks bitchin’ - shamrocks, balloons & irish flags everywhere - but i still have my feckin’ assignment to finish! i can’t even stay up late thanks to having a field trip tomorrow morning. feck and shite!