With TV and the internet, I very rarely hear about people reading books anymore. I have a few friends that keep up with their reading alright. As for me... I'm a bad reader. I'm very slow and find it hard to put the time aside to read. Which is partly why I didn't want to put books on this list. However, when I do get the time to read, I love it. As I mentioned in the last post, I read the Harry Potter books before they were movies. Another series I read was A Series Of Unfortunate Events. My mom bought me the set of eight for Christmas one year but forgot to give them to me... so I didn't get them til a few months after that. But once I got into them, I had them read very quickly. And I bought books 9 to 13 then as they came out. I enjoyed them so much and they're still here on my shelf. The latest book I started reading is the A Game of Thrones, which is the first book in the Game of Thrones series. All of my friends are mad about the TV show (which I've not watched yet) but I've decided to read the books before watching the show. Call me crazy or whatever but I needed some motivation to get back into reading.
Bit of an.. obscure one as it's not really a 'thing'. But I love keeping and collecting things that remind me of the past. I have this box in my bedroom filled with things like concert tickets, wristbands, letters and stuff like that. Sentimental things and the like. I suppose this relates to my love for photography. I have thrown some things out of the box but usually anything I throw out is because it's tainted somehow. Not to bring down the mood or anything... but all that stuff, however worthless is actually is, really means a lot to me which is why I keep it :)
14. Lady Gaga
Ok.. she had to make the list. But there are a number of reasons! It was when I was coming home from Barcelona on a school tour that I first heard Poker Face, and it was there that the love blossomed. When I was out shopping one day, I bought The Fame; her first album. This was a major turning point in my teenage life because up until then, I never owned a CD or cared much for music. Yes, I did like the album and Gaga's music, but what's more is I started to listen to more music. That's where my love for music began! Yes, it's lame.. but I don't care :P Also, my first concert was a Lady Gaga concert! Another first, courtesy of Gaga. There's also her album Born This Way. I remember one morning singing along to Americano and... well. I'll say no more but that album was a significant factor in my life at the time :) So yeah, while I love this woman, she means more to me than she'll ever know and that's why she's on this list.
By cooking, I mean food prep in general. Anyway, being a college student I do a lot more cooking at college than I do at home. I always made my own food at home before going to college so it wasn't a big thing to take on when I went to Cork. Since I moved for college, I started eating so many more foods. Mostly because I can control what I put in to my dinners and meals. Tesco has become one of my best friends :D So yeah, the reason I like cooking and baking and all that is because it's productive, creative and best of all, I get an awesome treat after it! Another thing I love about it is it's a great skill to have. Plus, who doesn't love getting free cupcakes, scones and whatever else I make :P
I remember the first time I bought a deck of cards... I got the deck in a small toy shop in Charleville and my brother got a pack too. That was when I started watching the TV show. Since that day, I followed the TV show and bought hundreds of cards. As we speak, I'm rewatching season one... my god how cringey that show was! But the card game was so much fun. I have tonnes of cards upon my shelf. I have loads of decks - ones I bought and ones I made up. Although I do love this game, I am gonna sell the cards if I can... because I don't use them and they'd be better off with someone who will use them. Oh! I forgot, I have some DS games. Now, they are great games (in my opinion) as you can get any card you like in-game and play with so many different strategies. For those of you who don't know what Yu-gi-oh! is, it's a card game full of strategy which is the reason I love it! By the way, look what I got a few years ago!
|The Three Egyptian God Cards|
Normally, I would upload a picture of my own ones but my SD card is otherwise occupied so I can't take a photo. When I can, I'll upload a pic for you all :)
How long would it be before I mention Minecraft? :P Well here it is, finally on the list. Why do I love Minecraft? Because you start with nothing and build a life for yourself. You build according to your needs and then after that, do whatever the hell you like :D I love it so much because it's your own creativity and imagination that helps you through the game. It's a great pastime too of you have time to kill. I can't say much more about it, but as you should know, I'm always talking about Minecraft so expect to see more in future posts.
I couldn't leave these out... I'm not gonna say much except that Malteasers are my favourite sweet. I don't know if it's the chocolate or the centre... but they're delicious. I don't really buy them though unless they're on offer in Tesco, but when I do, they very rarely last!
What can I say... college is just fantastic. I can't say enough about how great it is! To be quite honest, I didn't appreciate college when I was in first year. But since then, I've met some brilliant people and become involved in so many societies and committees. I'm going into my 4th year this September and once that's finished, I don't know what to do with myself... I'm going to be so lost without college. I'm still not sure whether I'll do another course after I finish Financial Maths or if I'll go job hunting. Sure, I've another while to think about that properly. Here's a few things I've been involved in while at college; Peer Support Leading, Class Rep, College Council, LGBT Society, Chinese Society and Academic Tutor. I've made some amazing friends and memories here at college, and I'll miss it when I'm gone.
My god... I love these things!! I started playing the second game in the series last night. I had played a tiny bit before but our Nintendo Wii broke :/ However, my cousins brought over their Wii so I can play it whenever I want. Why are Pikmin on my list? Well... for anyone who hasn't played the games, it's really hard to explain. But each colour Pikmin has a different ability; red are fire resistant, blue are water resistant, yellow have electrical resistance, purple are big and heavy and white are immune to poison. I have looked up getting plush toys of the Pikmin but they're very expensive :/ Below is a pic of the type of plushies I'd like to get.
|Pikmin Plush Dolls|
The Pikmin act as your personal army - they fight enemies, gather items and perform tasks together. Perhaps the cutest thing about them is that they sing! And their songs gets better when your army is full of different colours.
And finally, we have music. I mentioned above how I didn't get into music until I bought The Fame. Since then, music has been an integral part of my life. Most recently, I've been listening to Paloma Faith and Marina and The Diamonds. And I'm really looking forward to Lady Gaga's new album - Artpop! When I came back to Ireland last September after working in Devon, I started saving money to buy an iPod. Yes, I know... I'm a few years behind. But to be fair, I never had a reason to own one. Around Christmas time, I actually bought one. I'm so glad I did because not only could I listen to music, I used it to watch Doctor Who. It was great to have on my trips home from college. I didn't really explain why music is one of my favourite things... but it's too hard to explain. It makes me feel good :) I'll leave it at that.
And there we go. 21 of my favourite things! I hope you enjoyed those last two posts :) I'll be back soon guys and gals!