Saturday, 23 November 2013

100 Questions Tag

1. What is your favourite season? Autumn.
2.Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18 and read line 4. I pull myself up straighter. "I can't" (Divergent)
3. Who was the last person you texted? Grant, talking about Doctor Who.
4. Before this, what were you doing? Watching Doctor Who.
5. Last thing you watched on TV? Doctor Who. Is it clear yet I love this show?
6. Guess what time it is. 8:17
7. The real time. 8:09
8. What can you hear? Doctor Who (yet again) in the background and the tapping of the keys.
9. Tan or burn? Not really too much on either side. I'm pale.
10. Do you like fish? Absolutely.
11. Mac or PC? Indifferent.
12. Remember your dreams? If I even recall it, five minutes unless it's weird, freaks me out or is hilarious.
13. When did you last laugh? Earlier today with my best friends.
14. What were you laughing at? Being the third wheel in a reunion and shouting my own name.
15. Ever been to Canada? I live here.
16. Shoes, socks or bare feet. Sneakers.
17. Wear perfume? I can't intoxicate everyone with my own smell.
18. Last film you saw? Bad Teacher, last night.
19. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be? IRELAND. No Questions Asked.
20. If you became a multi-millionaire, what would you buy? Retirement home for my parents and put some to tuition and a trip to Europe.
21. Where would you live if you had the chance? Didn't we already see my obsession for Ireland?
22. Favourite band? Breaking Benjamin, and I also really like Alexisonfire.
23. Ever had surgery? Nope.
24. Enjoy school? I like learning and I like what I'm learning.
25. Enjoy the questions thus far? Sure.
26. Righty or lefty? Right. Left looks illiterate.
27. Who made the last incoming call to your phone? A random person, other than that my best friend's older sister.
28. Last thing you downloaded on computer? Adobe.
29. Last time you swam in a pool? Two months ago at a hotel.
30. Type of music you dislike the least? Country.
31. Are you listening to music now? No, but if I was it would probably be softer music.
32. Favourite colour? Emerald/Forest green.
33. Anything you're disappointed in? Rejection from the HOPE program. (Ironic, isn't it?)
34. Last thing you bought? Wet n' Wild eyeshadow.
35. Sun or rain? I'm going to go drear here but I love the look and essence of rain on the coast, I don't fancy the summer or the sun and heat too much.
36. Would you bungee jump or skydive? Maybe, if I was allowed new undies when it was over.
37. Zodiac sign? Sagitarius.
38. Hair colour? Natural is dark brown, now it's red but losing vibrancy.
39. What quote do you live by? "Treat others how you want to be treated." With respect.
40. Favourite zoo animal? Polar bear.
41. Any pets? A 13 year old cat and a beta fish.
42. Eye colour? Poop brown.
43. Wear any jewelry? A matte black watch, if that counts.
44. Do you turn off the water when you brush your teeth? Yes. Otherwise it's wasting.
45. Do you know how to change a car's oil? I did and remember vaguely, only ever changed the oil in a lawn mower.
46. Have any phobias? Being buried alive. But it's not because I have a fear of death, I don't.
47. Lucky number? 49, not lucky but it's my favourite.
48. Ever eaten a crayon? No, but I once ate an eraser because I thought it was licorice.
49. Can you solve a rubix cube? Not even close.
50. What are you listening to? An episode of Doctor Who (again.)
51. Do you like Marmit? You mean marmite? What do I look like, crazy?
52. Do you wear the hood on hoodie? If I'm sleeping or cold.
53. Is the glass half full or half empty? It's half its capacity.
54. Farthest place you've been? Dominican Republic.
55. Do you untie your shoes before you take them off? No.
56. Favourite radio station? Indifferent.
57. Allergies? Some lotions and soaps used to break me out into hives.
58. Were you named after anyone? My mom knew a girl who was nice and liked her name, and I got my name from her.
59. Do you wear glasses/contacts? I've had glasses for 14 years.
60. Ever walked out of a theatre before the movie ended? Never.
61. Least favourite school subject? Math.
62. Put iTunes on shuffle. What's the first song to play? You Never Give Me Your Money by the Beatles.
63. Jeans or sweatpants? Jeans.
64. Where in the world would you like to travel. IRELAND!
65. Are you travelling anywhere soon? BC in two months.
66. Ever built an igloo? It's because I'm Canadian isn't it? Don't lie to me.
67. Best thing at starbucks? The Christmas drinks with peppermint are pretty spiffy.
68. Do you like watching scary movies? Stephen King movies, ones which are psychological rather than gore.
69. Best thing about school? Biology.
70. What were you doing at midnight last night? Sleeping.
71. What's under your bed? There's a spider.
72. What do you really feel about what your doing right now? I'm still watching Doctor Who and I feel wonderful about it.
73. Think fast! What do you like right now? Doctor Who and Divergent.
74. Are you sarcastic? A little.
75. When do you get up? 7:25.
76. Name of your first pet? My cat, Little Star.
77.  What colour are your bed sheets? White. Boring white.
78. How are you feeling right now? Content.
79. Favourite food as a child? Tacos, until someone made a perverted joke about them, it was never the same.
80. How are you feeling right now? Okay, this has happened twice. Re-read the questions.
81. Can you whistle? No.
82. Do you drink soda? No.
83. Ever read the Harry Potter books? YES, YES, YES!
84. Can you drive a stick shift? No.
85. Favourite candle smell? Pumpkin pie.
86. Have your pants ever fallen down in public? I've been pantsed once in someone's home.
87. Do you sing in the shower? Not usually.
88. Can you speak another language? I know random words in Korean, Ukrainian, Spanish and a puny bit in French but I'm only fluent in English.
89. Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows? No, and this saddens me.
90. Cats or dogs? Cats.
91. Ever make 11:11 wishes? I do sometimes but it baffles me why I do.
92. Favourite type of lipchap? Milk and honey Nivea.
93. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? According to one point of view, the genetic mutation that created the chicken occurred in the egg. But that's just a POV of one person.
94. What are you reading now? Divergent by Veronica Roth.
95. Can you touch your nose with your tongue. No, my tongue is long but I can't get it to touch my nose.
96. Can you walk in heels? Painfully.
97. How many rings before you answer the phone? However long it takes to get there.
98. Any new exciting things to share? I should be studying for physics, but there's tomorrow for that.
99. What is most important in life? God.
100. What inspires you? CSLC!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Misophonia and Why You Should Take It Seriously

Misophonia is a neurological disorder, and the word translates directly into "the hatred of sounds." People who suffer from it have different triggers and can be sent into a flight or fight mode, experience intense rage, and even thoughts of suicide when they hear these certain sounds. There isn't much known about it, and there is no cure.

It varies enormously from simply "getting annoyed" by a various sound. It has outstanding affects and the rage cannot be controlled and can trigger violence, or a desire to do so, and the affected person may have to leave the situation. Whereas a person may be able to control their frustration if it is a simple annoyance.

I suffer from it, and it is a nightmare. Schoolwork in a large class of people whom talk is beyond annoying. It can bring you to tears of anger, disrupt you, ruin your entire day because of how angry you become, put large strains on your everyday relationships and make it a large battle to simply keep calm in your life for even one day. It also makes you anti-social because you have to withdraw from social activities in order to keep sane.

For a long time I wondered why it was difficult for me to be happy and excited everyday. I still got angry, and didn't know for many years what it was. It made life constantly aggravating. It made everyday life situations unbearable; it made life unbearable at times.

Once I found I had misophonia, I brought in ear-plugs to tests and listening to music of my choice to drown out my triggers. Alas, there are times I cannot do that. Which I must be in a large and noisy group, which often ends in massive anger which can carry over to other situations and can ruin your day.

The reason why you shouldn't ignore this is because it is a legitimate neurological disorder which affects many people. Whether or not you personally see it as a "big deal" or not does not mean that people whose lives you are affecting see it in the same light. It affects a person's emotional stability, their happiness and or lack of it, their own concentration and the strain that gets carried over to other circumstances from a situation you may be able to control.

Please, acknowledge this disorder and who it may affect in your midst. Do not be ashamed or afraid to blow your nose, or to behave in a slightly quieter way, to speak quieter or refrain from speaking when there are others attempting to work effectively. Raise awareness for misophonia by first educating yourself, and through helping those who suffer by refraining to cause the noise that triggers them, can help alleviate the commonness of this disorder and our extreme reactions.

Thank You.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Fear of Pigs

Okay, so I'm not really scared of pigs. I love bacon as much as the next person. However, what happens to scare me is pigs driving me out of my house and stealing all my apples and milk, and obviously, instituting communism. By this point, I probably sound like a crazy person. No worries, I am but I'll explain. I am reading Animal Farm by George Orwell and let me tell you, Snowball and Neopolean are total jerk-face-loser-buttheads.

Can you seriously tell me that if pigs walked upright and made commandments for everyone to follow and was in battle against farmers that you wouldn't soil your pants? Thought not.

But I digress, the book is great and totally weird.

Not to mention George Orwell refers to North Korea as a moral wilderness. Is that hilarious to anyone except me?

P.S Are there any other teenagers on the face of the world that love political science? Don't think so...

Saturday, 5 January 2013

5 Things You Didn't Know About Me

1. I am, and have been for several years, absolutely terrified of being buried alive. It just seems so hopeless...

2. I'm have misophonia. This literally translates into "the hatred of sounds." So this means essentially that when certain/excessive sounds are made I am unable to tolerate it and get irritated, sometimes severely. Most noted, the dreaded sniffling during a test that seems to last several decades.

3. I have 23 Stephen King books in my current posession.

4. I have been to 4 countries.

5.  I have my black stripe in Tae Kwon Do.

Now, whether or not that was entertaining is subjective. Although, I hoped you enjoyed it. Have a pleasent evening everyone ^_^

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Reflection on 2012

Seeing as it is New Years Day and we are celebrating the arrival of 2013 and all the opprotunities and amazing things it will offer and what is has to bestow for mankind. I would like to reflect on what 2012 meant for me, the good and the bad.

I would like to get the negative things out of the way, I think they truly are important as negative aspects and experiences continue to shape our lives and mold us into the people we become.

1. My struggle with Anorexia continued, reaching its peak in March and April.

2. The five year anniversary of the loss of my Dad came late in the year. As this was a sad time, it also helped me see and reflect on his life and how much I love him.

3. Anxiety and some waves of sadness, some lasting longer and leaving more of an impact.

Now the positive!! Positivity is so important. Peace, joy and fufillment can never come with a negative mindset and in all honesty, positivity just feels better. ^_^

1. I became a Christian. This is what I am most happy about. I believed and first heard the Good News when I was twelve but I really changed my life and fufilled Matthew 3:8 in this year and developed a deeper relationship with God. It's amazing!

2. Unbelievable peace and happiness when I imagine my future. Wherever I go and where the new year takes me, I'm ready and pumped for all it has for me and I know it will be for the better.

3. The end of my anorexia! I don't stress over having an unhealthy snack every once and a while and I feel better about myself, skinny or not. I have started eating healthy and excercising to be healthy. I feel so much happier.

4. Happiness! This is subjective for all people, but really, I'm content and cheery.

5. Entering high school. This is a huge positive for me (say what now??) most people think high school is a super negative experience, but for me in these past 5 months it has been phenomonal. I get to become who I want to be and learn and indulge and grow as a person.

6. Figuring out my career. Emergency Physican. And if in that time, I can sneak a few, or many, trips to Ireland before my time that would be superb. I want to help people and assisting those whom are the most needy in my area of interest, medicine, is a perfect career and I'm so excited! I know it will be hard, but the hardest things in life always pay off the most. Hard work in school now has shown that for itself already.

7. Moved into our new house!! After months of re-building we are finally settled into our new house and are ready to re-build our lives and the memories in this new home.

Overall, 2012 was so great and an amazing experience. I wish for all whom read this, 2013 brings you joy and fufillment and all the happiness you've ever wished for and deserve. May success find you and all your dreams come true.

Love, peace and bacon grease.

Warm Regards, Andrea.

Friday, 23 November 2012

The Fault in Our Stars

I finished the Fault in Our Stars and I'm still consumed by the thoughts this novel provokes and the characters. This book is hands down, by far, my absolute favourite book. John Green, I'm your number one fan.

Plot: Hazel Grace has cancer. She has a very realistic/pessimistic about the world and all it beholds for the future. And at a support group with other teenagers with cancer, here comes the beloved Augustus Waters, dreamy made up man who will charm your pants off. They meet, fall in love, and take the reader on a journey of epic proportions that will change the way you think and feel about things, laugh and cry.

While indulging myself in the dessert of literature, I laughed several times and cried on three occassions. Yes, I blubbered like a baby not once or twice, but three times. Mind you, I so not cry easily so this is a brilliant capability of the authour John Green.

And that is exactly how I would describe this book: brilliant, gold weaved onto 313 pages, phenomonal. I've run out of synonoms.

Alas, there are not enough good things to say about this book. The way Mr. Green is able to make you think and value your own life and the time you have left and think about your infinite days and how small that infinite may be. My hat is off to you John Green.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

School, Work and Other Lullabys

School has been boring, long and occasionally (99% of the time) painful to sit through.

However, it seems to be the only thing I can ever think about. You smell that? It's the aroma of pathetic nerd wafting through the air.

Mainly, I have been foccussing on what I want to do after high school. I've got it narrowed down to two things: living in Ireland, and somewhere in the realms of medicine. As of late, I have discovered a career that got me thinking: Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

I mean, who doesn't  want to be exposed to potentially fatal chemicals? Normal people usually, but that doesn't include me. Clearly.

I have really been interested in emergency medicine, something about being the one to clean up vomit of the paitient with a raging disease in a gown someone died in yesterday somehow appeals to me. Does this make me insane? Yes, yes it does.

Although, something about the nuclear medicine truly appeals to me and my interests. Whenever someone hurts themselves I am always the one to rush in, but I'm not sure if diagnostics in nursing truly is something I can, or even want, to do.

So, I guess I'll take the nuclear bomb.