chibichan: → sarah farron (ffxiii » beauty in the breakdown)
I've been video gaming like there's no tomorrow. This is partly due to the fact that Andrew got me a super amazing RPG for 3DS which I've been wanting for a while. It's called Tales of the Abyss and man, I LOVE IT.

small tales of the abyss talk )

As for my birthday, it was great. Since Andrew had to work on my actual birthday, we decided to celebrate my pre-birthday, that is the day before my birthday.

We went to Perth and just spent our time going around shops and having coffee. We wanted to have lunch at an Italian place, but it was closed (however, we have decided to go have lunch there sometime soon), so we ended up going for a coffee and a snack at Costa. We went to an art shop and Andrew bought quite a lot of stuff (because he's thinking of going into environmental architecture) and he got me a reporter notebook, so I can write down ideas for articles/stories and whatnot. Then we went to Game and Andrew bought me Tales of the Abyss. I thought he had bought it for himself at first and I was indeed surprised when he told me that it was actually a gift for me. XD Then we went to Waterstones and Andrew bought a manga. And that's about it!

I spent the day of my actual birthday at Andrew's house and it turns out his mom and his sister also bought me gifts! Andrew's mom got me a teacup with a cat on it, plus a small red teapot, which I adore. ♥ (I have a thing for teapots.) Andrew's sister got me some very nice chocolate from Thorntons, which I am enjoying slowly, day by day. ♥

And let's not forget all the people who wished me happy birthday, both here on DW and on Facebook! :D Every one of your wishes made my day so much better and made me so happy! ♥

So yeah, overall my birthday was great, thanks to everyone both in real and internet life. :D

I'm also getting into the habit of writing an article every day to put into my "clippings" and that I can then use as samples for magazine editors. It's just a bit hard coming up with ideas, though. If you guys would you like to suggest an idea for an article, go right ahead! Pretty much anything goes (as long as I'm able to talk about it, of course). :)

And now, I shall go back to Tales of the Abyss.
chibichan: → blair waldorf (gossip girl » yay!)
It's my birthday! I'm officially 22 years old. I can't quite believe that I'm not 18 anymore. I feel older, but at the same time, I don't feel like I'm growing up at all? If that makes any sense, haha.

Anyway, very short post. A full description of my pre-birthday and birthday day will come tomorrow, along with presents (apparently I'm still not done getting presents, how weird is that?! I'm so not used to receiving presents anymore). Feel free to wish me happy birthday in this entry. :)

Also, in case you missed it, here's some good news on my university situation! :D
chibichan: → tiki & nowi (fire emblem » in your arms tonight)
Hello, DW. I definitely feel better today. I felt better as soon as I wrote down that rant yesterday, actually. My journal is very therapeutic. I'm still sad about losing the card, obviously, but I don't feel angry or frustrated anymore. Which is good.

Anyway. Life updates!

Yesterday was Andrew's birthday. Andrew, his family and I went to dinner the night before, so we kind of celebrated both his and my birthday with a night out. Andrew had to go to work yesterday, so he wasn't here and therefore we couldn't really celebrate. My gift to him was a cover for his Macbook, which he wanted and that is going to turn useful later on. His mom and his sister gave him a couple of gifts as well. Overall Andrew wasn't too fussed about his birthday, but he really wants my birthday to be special. Unfortunately he'll be working on the actual day of my birthday, but he wants us to have dinner somewhere special on Monday (tomorrow), the day before my birthday, which is also his day off. ♥ Andrew's mom and sister also baked us chocolate cake. I forgot how it felt to have someone bake you a cake on your birthday. I'm just so not used to it. But I do love cakes!

I met with my advisor of studies on Thursday. She didn't try to convince me to stay in Law, which was good. I have both good news and not-so-good-but-not-terrible news.

overall good news behind the cut )

My next course of action is to find a local magazine in Dundee or a photographer studio and ask if I can work for them. I need to write down as many reviews of books/games/anime and essays as I can to put in my "clippings" (writing samples to give to magazine editors) and I already have a proto-portfolio ready for my photos. This is really scary, but I have to do this, to try and make the first step, like Andrew says. So yeah, wish me good luck!
chibichan: → elizabeth bennet (pride&prejudice » bookworm)
I have too many fandoms and not enough icon space. You'd think a paid account of 250 icons would be enough, right? Nope. Not for me. I'm trying to delete some icons so I can make space for other fandoms and I'm trying to have between 3 and 5 icons for each fandom... but of course it doesn't work that way. Because for some fandoms I want to upload 10+ icons and that leaves no space for other fandoms. Also, the ever-present problem of 'which icon do I delete'. I want to keep pretty much 90% of the icons I already have uploaded. So I have no space to upload new icons. I'm seriously considering giving in an just buy some permanent icon space, but I don't know if I should.

My advisor of studies replied to one of my emails. She wants to meet on Thursday, which is the day of my last resit. That, and the fact that she did not reply to my second email (the one where I had asked her some serious questions and told her I was considering not going to the resits) slightly ticks me off, to be honest. I kinda needed some advice about my resits. I know she probably wants to meet and talk about this calmly, but she could have written something via email. She could have told me what she thought about me not going to my resits. But nope. Nothing. She's not exactly doing much to make me like her.

I have some great news though - I think I've made a new friend! :D Her name is Aisling and she's an American who's lived in Scotland for most of her life. I met her a while ago, while going with Andrew to this place where young christians hang out (although I'm not religious, Andrew is and I decided to tag along for the discussions). I added her on Facebook, but I was too shy to talk to her. But I wanted to get to know her better, if that makes sense? So after thinking about it, I decided to send her a message and we started talking. She's studying coding and programming at a college, so we geeked about that for a while and then moved onto a variety of other topics, like books, games, university and such. We talked for hours. She doesn't play much video games, but I told her that there's a variety of games out there and that she probably hasn't played the right game yet! So I told her about the Harvest Moon games, which I'm completely addicted to. She told me she'd like to try them out! :D So we're meeting sometime next week, on Andrew's day off from work, to hang out and I promised her I would lend her my Harvest Moon game so she could try it out! Ahh, it's so great to make friends. Shows that I still can make friends. And as usual, I make more friends outside of my uni course than in the actual classroom. So yeah, I'm really happy about having made a new friend. ♥

Andrew and his dad went away yesterday with their climbing coach to do some serious climbing and they won't be back until Thursday, which is the day of Andrew's birthday. I'm getting him a cover for his Macbook, because I don't know what else to get him and I already got him a copy of Catcher in the Rye last year as a random present. Ever since he started his job he's bought me quite a lot of presents: a pair of earrings, the whole Sailor Moon manga in Italian and Animal Crossing: New Leaf! And I'm pretty sure he's going to buy me the new Harvest Moon game (A New Beginning), as soon as it comes out in Europe, as a present for my birthday, which is... relatively soon, actually (20th August). I'm going to be 22, you guys. Scary thought.

So, I promised I'd talk about books... and here it is! Beware though, I've read quite a lot of books in the past few months, I'll try to summarise my thoughts as much as I can, but for some books I need to rant, so... you've been warned!

cut for huge list of books + spoilers! )

Aaaaand that's it! Whew, that was a long update. Do follow me on Goodreads if you're interested, though!
chibichan: → people (stock » heart of snow)
Well, the day has almost ended now, but I thought I'd write an entry on my eljay anyway. :D

Guys. Guess what. As of today, I am officially 19 years old! Yay! I sure sound like I'm very excited about it, haha. I guess I'm one year older now, eh?

I spent a nice day and, to celebrate my birthday, my mother and I went on a shopping spree! XD Usually my reaction to going shopping is, 'oh no, boooooring!' but this time it wasn't. My mother and I actually had fun, haha. We just bought some stuff to put on this winter. I bought some shirts and pants, while she bought a pair of gloves, a scarf and a few hats. So, this year I will be going to university with some shiny new clothes! Haha, I probably make it sound more exciting than it really is. XD

Hmm. But, I'm nineteen. That means I'm still a teenager, right? That means I can be irresponsible act crazy goof around do stupid stuff ... err, do what teenagers do? XD

(lol, I'm joking, guys. I would never do any of the things above. ...maybe XD)

*cough* Anyway! This post is for whoever wants to wish me 'happy birthday' or throw some candy/cookies/pies/love/whatever you want at me! Although it's actually an excuse for me to tell each and everyone of you guys on my f-list that you are some pretty awesome people and that I love you all. ♥ (Mmmh, being older somehow has made me sweeter~ Or, as dear Sara would say, more adorable. XD)

(I do realize I might not be making any sense now. Blame it on the shopping, it has probably melted my brain.)

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