Wednesday, 29 June 2016

When You Get Bored On Holidays

I am currently on semester break.  And I am BORED!!!

From working my butt off in semester one I kind of crashed when my final presentation was over.  From not having enough sleep I definitely have been over sleeping but now trying to get that back in order, which has proven to be quite difficult!  When I was at uni I would stay up til the early hours of the morning, having a few hours sleep and then working away throughout the day and then repeat.  For a very long time!  Now that I don't have any deadlines for assignments, really I have no reason to stay up.  Well I wish my body clock would realise that!!!  I'd go to bed and lie there for HOURS because I was so used to staying up late and it was terrible!  I've ended up putting an eye mask on and a podcast on the lowest volume and that usually helps me get to sleep at a decent hour!

You'd also thinking being on holidays I would have heaps of free time......  Yeah I was hoping for a relaxing break.  Mother Nature had other ideas.  Flooding and disaster, just total disaster!  It was so bad!  So I helped out at an office doing the mundane office tasks so everyone could focus on the more important bits!

I'm going to be that person who says "I can't wait to get back to uni" because honestly, I am ready to give this final semester my all, graduate and get onto exploring this world!  Or somehow managing to get a job then in that case, working my butt off even more and making my proud!  I'm going to be that person who says "I can't wait to get back to uni" because honestly, I am ready to give this final semester my all, graduate and get onto exploring this world!  Or somehow managing to get a job then in that case, working my butt off even more and making my proud!

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

5 Apps I Love

I spend a lot of time on my phone.  Parents would probably say too much and I think there are times where I do agree with them!  I wanted to share 5 of my favourite apps.  But 5 apps which aren't the stereotypical apps, like Instagram, Twitter or YouTube, because you know how much I love them already!

I am a huge lover of Polyvore!  I love creating different set, whether they're home sets or fashion sets, I just love being creative and having that ability to produce virtual ideas of outfits or rooms which I'd love to have myself!  I haven't yet ventured into making beauty sets but that will probably come one day!  I was scrolling through my sets the other night trying to find, ones which had been picked as top sets by Polyvore because he didn't understand what I was doing and I was shocked with how many I had created, I'm up to 420 sets and I have probably another 20 completed sets waiting to be published in my drafts.  I do spend a lot of time on this site!  I find that I use the app mainly for liking items and finding new people to follow, and I create my sets on my laptop.  The app is really easy to navigate and my old iPhone 4s doesn't have any problems with it which is always a bonus!

I can't remember which blog post it was that I first found out about Wunderlist, but it was one where a heap of apps which were helpful to bloggers were listed and talked about.  I went and downloaded the app soon after and fell in love!  I use a physical diary but I have found a love for Wunderlist as well!  I love that I can create a task that I need to do and create little sub-tasks underneath and then I can tick them off as I've completed them!  I've got a blog section and also a university section, and I found this app really useful towards the end of semester!  As much as I love my physical diary, I do sometimes forget about it towards the end of semester when I have nothing on apart from assignments, and I always have my phone nearby so my list of everything I need to do is right there!  I also have the app on my laptop and it's great to be able to have it on multiple devices!

#NoFilter isn't a hashtag that you'll see on my instagram photos.  You'll see a heap of hashtags, yes I am that person who loves a good hashtag, but #NoFilter isn't one that you're going to see.  I have nothing against the filters that Instagram already offers but was looking for something else and a bunch of YouTubers mentioned this app in videos so I decided to check it out!  And now, this is the app which I use to edit the photos that I post on Instagram.  There is such a large variety of filters to use and then editing your photos further into the app, is pretty simple and easy to get the hang of.  Now I will admit, I'm not a fan of what the app looks like after the most recent update.  Another one of those cases where I wonder why people change something that doesn't need to be changed!  Regardless of that the app looks like now, I still use it to edit my photos!

I have had this app for years!!!  I've had my phone for 5 years and this is one of the original game apps and I have no intention in deleting it!  It's a really simple game - you have a square grid, you have some coloured dots, you connect the dots and fill up all the spaces in the grid!  EASY PEASY!  You start off with easy levels, with small grids and then as you progress the grids get larger and larger and you have more pipes to connect and if you have a device larger than an iPhone 4s it's great because it gets fiddly with more difficult levels!  I have completed all the levels, 3 times because I got bored and reset my progress!  You can do time trials, which is pretty self explanatory but at the moment they have daily puzzles, where you are given some puzzles and you have to complete them within 24 hours!  I'm currently on a 187 day streak, I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing hahaha!

My brother first introduced me to the podcast app, I didn't realise the app was actually on my phone for quite a while!  My favourite podcast to listen to is Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl!  I love Tyler, his videos are ones which I will always watch and he was one of the first people I ever subscribed too!  I love him as a person and him and Korey are just a powerhouse of a team!  They are hilarious to listen too and their laughter is just awesome!  I used to listen to this while I was going to sleep but towards the end of semester, would play episodes instead of listening to music.  It was because of Psychobabble that I found out that the 14th of May is not only my birthday but also Dance Like A Chicken Day!  And yes on my birthday I let everyone know how much of an important day it was!  There are so many other podcasts from other creators which I need to discover and listen too and I can't wait!

And there we have 5 of my favourite apps!  I honestly was thinking I'd have more but because good old iPhone 4s is a little clunky these days, I had to delete quite a few apps and these are some of the lucky ones that were saved!

Do you use any of these apps?  Got any you think I should check out?  Let me know!

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

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Monday, 13 June 2016

Captain America: Civil War

If you were to have told me a few years ago that I would be loving movies which revolved around superheroes, action, villains and all that, I would have probably laughed at you.  Also would have let you know that it would be a hard task to find me a series of movies which I enjoyed more than Harry Potter.  Well Emma from a few years ago, look what has happened.

The Captain America movies are probably my favourite Marvel movies, closely followed by any of the other movies which feature Loki because #LokisArmy..  When I read that there was going to be another Captain America movie I was so incredibly excited!  And then having to wait for the trailers to be released, patience was never really a strength for me in this case!  I was at uni in one of the computer labs and was scrolling through Facebook waiting for programs to load when I saw the trailers had been released.  Let me just say, thank goodness I was the only person in the room.

One of my friends, Amity, from music is also a fan of Marvel and we share the same love for Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston and Sebastian Stan.  We had been out to lunch before a music rehearsals with a few other music friends and on our walk to the rehearsal rooms we started talking about the Civil War movie.  We both wanted to see it, we had a rehearsal the next Sunday in the afternoon, the movie would be playing at 11am, decision was made to see the movie.  Easy as that.  We walked past the cinema and they had the massive movie posters up in the windows and I'm sure we got some weird looks hahaha

Like always, I am not going to spoil the film for anyone.  I know how annoying it can be when you get spoilers so if you haven't seen it, keep reading - you're safe.

I loved the movie.  A lot of people I know were going "oh you're automatically going to stay on Captain America's side" and no that wasn't the case.  If the movie was bad and sucked, I wouldn't sit there going omg I loved the film, I ain't about to start lying!  I am still #TeamCap.  I could see where Steve was coming from and I could also see where Tony was coming from.  Both lads had good points to their argument and it was one of those situations where it isn't black and white.  There were things that Iron Man did and I was sitting there going, you idiot.  And there were things that Captain America did and I was going, oh my god you idiot.

Amity also loved the film, "I really enjoyed it, love the soundtrack and the actors (winky face emoji x2) and they maybe could've done a bit more elaboration into Starks reasoning behind the accords considering it was mainly his fault".  The soundtrack can I just say, YES!  Also that emoji where the hands are up in the air.  Many of those emojis.  If I'm listening to anything to have some noise, good chance I'll have the soundtrack for this movie playing! 

I have to say one of my favourite parts as a whole with Civil War was just the characters.  Bucky and Sam, oh my goodness those two are just incredible!  Both on screen and off screen!  They had some of my most favourite scenes!  Also Ant-Man and Spider-Man, some of their lines were hilarious!  Oh to be in the film industry or to just be a fly on the wall, one can dream!  I am a massive fan of Emily VanCamp and did say not too loudly in one certain scene "oh I love her".....  Scene continued on and I go "oh I don't love her" far out the lady next to me laughed!  Oh I was so jealous of Emily!!!

But yeah, I really loved the movie!  I spent more than I should have to get this huge cup, but I don't regret it!  Has Captain America on one side and Iron Man on the other side and I don't plan on throwing it out anytime soon!  Washed it as soon as I got home!  I did however ruin my massive streak of not having any soft drink..  Completely forgot about that and only realised what I had done when it was too late and really payed the price - my stomach did not appreciate it!  But the popcorn was AMAZING!  There is something about popcorn from the cinema, ah just so good!

So, I would 100% recommend you to go and see Civil War.  And yes, I know it came out a good while ago and that's there is a huge chance that it isn't going to be showing anymore but go buy it or rent it or watch in on Netflix or something!

Have you seen Civil War?  Are you #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan?  Let me know!! 

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

May Instagram Diary & Roundup

Yes it's well into June, but we're going to ignore that and blame uni!

I think we all know what I am going to mention here.  University.  Did you guess that?  If yes, 14 points to you!  Oh university.  How I have mixed feelings for you!  I get so emotionally invested in assignments, especially studio ones so that brings along late nights (and I mean LATE nights, should really be early mornings) and then waking up and working through the majority of the say with minimal breaks and going to sleep at a stupid hour!  And repeat.

I don't know if it's a good thing, me getting really invested in my assignments.  On one hand, it's showing that I care about the work I'm doing and I'm not prepared to hand in something which is just a quick fix job.  I'll spend hours at my desk, clicking away on ArchiCAD saving and re-saving, making tiny and what seems like insignificant changes to others but to me would and could have meant the different between a passing and failing.  The flip side to me getting invested in my work is me forgetting about the basic things in life.  Sleeping, eating, you know the things which humans really need to do in order to function well!!  Sleep went out the window.  Right out the window and somewhere else!  For the last bit of semester I reckon I was getting maybe 4-5 hours of sleep a night...  Maybe.  Oh the things we do for uni!

The week before my assignments were due I had some music competitions.  Now this was a huge dilemma for me.  Have a break from uni and perform, miss the competitions and continue on studying and working through assignments.  I had started to get a cold the days before and wasn't feeling the greatest and was thinking, you know maybe I'll message Emily and say she might have to learn a solo....  But instead, decided to not go to the rehearsal on Sunday and preserve my throat and nose for Monday night.

I ended up bringing a sketchbook to the theatre, and tried to write out what I was going to say in my presentation...  Needless to say didn't work very well!  Quite difficult to concentrate when you're backstage!!

The competitions went so well though!  I didn't mess up my solo, literally all the times I had rehearsed it before ended up squeaking which I wasn't too happy with!  My nose didn't appreciate all the clarinet playing though...  By the end of our performance which went for about 20 minutes my nose was running and I was just constantly sniffing.  Really great when you're playing a slow, quiet piece and you've got me trying to get my nose under control!  Although, people in the front row thought it was me getting really emotional so I'll just say it was emotions!  We came first in our section, which was AMAZING!  What wasn't amazing was me jumping up and down in celebration and knocking my old cheap plastic clarinet in my friends hella expensive euphonium.  Amity if you are reading this, I am still SO SORRY!!!

I love Instagram, I really do.  But I am not a fan of the feed now.  8 hours ago, 2 hours ago, 11 hours ago, 16 minutes ago.  Seriously Instagram, why change something which didn't need changing?!??!!  Without fault for a while at the top of my feed now is a photo from Stefan Michalak and I had no problem with this because his instagram is amazing and little Grayson is such a dude - so cute!!

~ Catchups with Ainslie ~ Banana pancakes ~ Rainy weather ~
~ Early birthday present selfie ~ Top birthday weekend ~ More rainy weather ~
~ Succulent love ~ Early morning view and a possible possessed toaster ~

Ah nailed it with the productive month here!  Again, I blame university.

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

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Guess who's back, back again, Emma's back, tell a friend if you want....  You don't have too but if for some reason it pops up in conversation.....


I am on holidays and all I want to do is sleep!!  I have officially finished semester 1 and now just have to wait for results, which is always fun!  Depending on how I go in my studio unit will depend on whether I share it with you all on here..  Would be kind of awkward if I rattle on about my studio assignment and get my grade for it and find out out that I went terribly!  So here's hoping I do well!

Can I just say how much I missed blogging and reading blog posts in general!!  My life was just consumed with uni and man did I miss being able to see where people had eaten or what cool new finds they had discovered!!

I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things here and also, calming down and getting my energy back from uni!  I am still so tired!  The last few days of uni were just insane but I'll save that for another post!

Until next time, keep smiling :)   Em xx

PS!  Come and say hello!!! :) x