Chelsea's Summer Bucket List!
Hi! My name is Chelsea and I'm 18. I have a low budget of £as little as possible and I have chronic illness so unfortunately, and as much as I'd love to, I can't be getting too active. Despite this, I'm determined to learn new skills, see new things, and most importantly have a great summer!
1. Hold a garden party/BBQ for my family and our neighbours.Spoiler:2. Learn to make some new kickass food and/or cocktailsShowMy family have been through an incredibly rough few years, and an even harder few months. We've battled with getting my brother help for his mental illness. Every single night we were at the police station so we could keep everyone safe, and then the hospital by ambulance. The NHS and social services couldn't decide a plan between them so we've all been stuck in limbo for a long time. After some help from our local counsellor/MP, my brother is now getting help away from home where he can get the around the clock care he needs. There's still a long way to go and a lot of issues to iron out but things are so much better for him and for everyone else. My neighbours have also been amazing through this ordeal. They've been scared before, they've had parts of their gardens damaged even, but they've stuck by us through everything and they always ask how we all are and give us something else to talk about. I want to treat everyone to a nice summer evening BBQ with food, drinks, and a lot of laughs. This is one I can't wait to complete.
Completed on day 42!Spoiler:3. Learn more about 3D animation and games development and build up a small portfolioShowI really love food and I really love cocktails. Not much more needs to be said
Completed on day seven! (Asian sweet and sticky chicken)
Also completed on day nine! (Vanilla candyfloss)
And day ten! (Vietnamese pork)Spoiler:4.Get into college to study animationShowConsidering this is something I want to make into a career, I should really get started! I spent 5 weeks living with an animation company learning skills in 3D modelling and 3D animation. I even gained my first IMDb credit with them! I want to be the best I can be, so studying can't be let up over the summer!Spoiler:5. Go to a festivalShowI really would like to get into uni to study 3D animation, so college comes first. My main focus is going to be 3D animation, however I would also be studying games development and 2D animation. There'll be lots of new software to use, too, so I have my fingers crossed for getting in.
Completed on day 39!Spoiler:6. Meet up with old friends and catch upShowEvery year close to where I live, there's a small local music festival that actually attracts a fair few people. There's also a couple of drinks festivals, and I think a film festival though I'm not sure of the dates of that. The atmosphere is always amazing and it's great to see try new things, whether it be drinks, food, or music. More often than not there's chance to learn about different cultures, too, which I'm really excited to do.
Completed on days: 32, 33, 34Spoiler:7. Go to the cinema and see something newShowI'd really like to get back in touch with the friends I had in school. We all kind of lost touch when I didn't go to the same sixth form as them, however I have seen a few of them around town and stuff in the past couple of years where we've had a quick chat. It'd be nice to spend a bit of time with them all and catch up like old times.
Completed on day five!Spoiler:8. Volunteer for a cause and organisation I care forShowI absolutely love going to the cinema. I love everything about it. I love the uncomfortable chairs, finding the perfect spot in the theatre, the smell of the popcorn and the way the you just get completely entranced by the images in front of you and the sound all around you. It's great to come out and be able to discuss the film in depth with whoever went with you and talk about the trailers and interested you and what didn't. I want to get to the cinema a bit more and see more current releases, especially considering the line-up this summer. I'd also like to show my support to my local independent cinema by seeing films with them rather than chains.
Completed on day one!
Also completed on day four!Spoiler:9. Experience some history and learn more about a different timeShowI'm aiming for something web-based like social media, or admin work. I'm also looking to help with fundraising and raising awareness in the community. I'm really excited to get back into volunteering, and now that I'm older I'll be able to do something a lot bigger and more substantial so I'm really excited.
Mentioned here!Spoiler:10. Travel within England to meet up with some further away friends (without getting stranded in the middle of the night at a train station...again)ShowI live in a small town rich in history, and around a large number of places with many different stories. I want to visit as many as I am able and learn about them. This could be attending museums, taking tours, anything. I'm really looking forward to taking some time to learn about different times and places.
Completed on day 28!Spoiler:11. Find an outfit that makes me feel great and super confident and enjoy it on a night outShowBecause I can't get out a whole lot and the social activities I can do is somewhat limited, I struggled to keep in contact with a lot of people form school and college and I struggle to get out with them often. I threw myself into leading a community online and I've met so many amazing people, some of whom I'm really close with now. I've met a lot of people a few times and we've always had really good fun. I'd like to try getting to see as many people as possible to spend some time with them in person.
Mentioned here!Spoiler:12. Learn a new skillShowWhenever I'm choosing an outfit to go out in I always feel a bit weird. It's like I'm hyper aware of what is uncomfortable and what doesn't look quite right on me, or at least it feels like it. I'm gonna put something together that makes me feel good and I'm going to enjoy it on a night out. I'm not going to worry about what everyone around me is thinking because if I feel good, that's all that matters.
Completed on day 31!Spoiler:13. Meet some cool new peopleShowOh wow, there's so many skills I want to learn. I want to learn a bunch of other languages, especially Spanish. I also want to learn to code properly and make my own website. There's millions of different things to learn out there so I'm sure I can find a few things to get going!
Started on day nine!
Started on day ten!Spoiler:14. Make advances in learning about my health and looking after myselfShowThis summer is the perfect time to step out of my comfort zone and talk to some new people. I actually really like meeting new people, but actually making the move to go up to someone and actually start up a conversation is something I need to work on.
Completed on day 31!Spoiler:15. Save at least £200 to put towards driving and theory tests and a carShowI've been ill for so many years and no one has ever been able to tell me exactly what is wrong with me. I've started seeing a new GP and he has some fresh ideas. I'm seeing a few specialists soon and I'll just have to see how it goes. I'm going to fight for them to keep fighting with me. Now that I'm 18, a lot more can be done. More tests can be ran and I can see different specialists.Spoiler:16. Try to get some cute photos of my pets (a lot more difficult than it sounds!)ShowI live in such a tiny little town and I'm really sick of forking out £10-£15 just to get somewhere I can buy anything that doesn't come from a charity shop, a co-op, or a pub. Driving is a really useful skill to have, especially when you live in the middle of nowhere!
Completed on day 32!Spoiler:17. Start a healthier and more balanced diet with more variety!ShowMy pets are so cute. Really really cute. I have a cat, two ferrets and a bird. The bird is super sassy; she has a real attitude on her. She loves talking to her friend 'Rick' in the mirror but her favourite thing ever is talking to a recording I have of her on my phone. My cat is weird. She wants attention, but only when she wants it. She's mean, but she's knows what is too far. She likes sitting in the garden on my mums sun lounger with the cushion folded in half over her like a little roof. We rescued my ferrets a few years ago and while they can be a bit of a pain to look after, they are so worth it. They like to swim in the paddling pool in the summer and they love treats. Forrest is really buff and muscly. The other one, Byker, is super floppy and skinny. They've always been like that and they are complete opposites but they get on so well.
Completed on day 23!Spoiler:18. Go to the library and pick out a random book from the hobbies/learning section and see if I'm any good at it, leaving a note inside when I return it with some tipsShowI'd really like to eat more healthily and maybe lose a bit of weight. As much as I'd like to, I can't live off chicken nuggets and turkey dinosaurs for the rest of my life. I'm gonna try switching things up a bit, drinking more water, and just generally cleaning up my diet a little.
Update: I've been eating a lot more vegetables with my meals and I've actually really enjoyed it. I'm really feeling spring onions. I forgot how much I loved those!
Update!Spoiler:19. Go see some new art at a little independent galleryShowI want to try everything. Well, pretty much everything. There's a few specialist things I don't want much to do with! I can't decide what to try first so I'm going to choose a random book and stick to it. I could end up learning how to build a house or how to knit. Who knows? When I'm done with the book, I'll return it with a little note with some tips on it from me. If I was really bad at whatever it is, I'll leave a list of what not to do instead
Mentioned here!Spoiler:20. Make some cool art of my own! (digital or otherwise)ShowA couple of years ago I went to Saltburn with a friend and on our way from the train station to the beach we stopped at this tiny little cafe with this adorable little gallery underneath it. I want to find some hidden art gems from local artists. The things people produce are so beautiful and I really want to see as much beauty as possible this summer!
Mentioned here!Spoiler:21. Grow some food in my gardenShowSpoiler:22. Go somewhere I've never been beforeShowI did try growing some strawberries but that was a complete and utter failure. This time around, I'm going to be trying a chilli plant and a pepper plant, and I might also have a go at a few other things. We'll see!
Started on day 14!Spoiler:23. Watch a new film every dayShowThere is an infinite amount of beauty in this world. I want to see as much of it as possible. While my hometown is certainly beautiful, I want to get out and see new places. I want to see the different buildings, the different layouts of everything. I want to experience a new location and make new memories there. I really love to travel but since I'm on a budget, I'll be sticking to places a bit closer to home, but at least I'll be more likely to visit the places I loved again some time soon.
Mentioned here!Spoiler:24. TREAT YO SELFShowFrom 2014 to 2015 I studied Film and TV at college. I didn't finish the course (two years) as I was too ill, but that never dulled my passion. I haven't had a lot of time in the past few months to sit down and enjoy a film, and it's an easy time for me to switch off the outside world and concentrate on another. This summer I'm going to watch one film every day, whether it's new or 50 years old.Spoiler:25. Try a DIY projectShowSpoiler:26. Create and design at least 2 characters from scratchShowI'm really horribly organised but I'm very creative, so it'll be interesting to see how this turns out.
Mentioned here!Spoiler:27. Try 'meal prepping'ShowWith the skills I learn in college, I want to be able to pick up some of my own characters and complete some projects with them. This is something that I'm going to have to learn more about so I'm hoping to get two done (at least!)
Mentioned here!Spoiler:28. Go to a gay club/nightShowBecause of health issues, I really struggle to cook for myself every day. It's much easier for me to throw something in the microwave for 10 minutes until it's done. I want to try making enough food for a few days or a week all in one day so that I can freeze/refrigerate it and just heat it up/prepare quickly when I need it! People say it saves them a lot of time and energy, so I'll see if it works for me!Spoiler:29. Make a playlist of my summerShowI'm bi but I rarely get to meet women who are also into women. I really want to be me, and be around people like me. Hopefully I'll make some new friends (at least!) I'll probably have to travel out a little, but I'm doing it!
Completed on day 42!Spoiler:ShowEvery day I'm going to leave a song of the day at the bottom. I'm gonna put it all together in a playlist at the end!
I'll add my progress daily as I go along. Hopefully this isn't a disaster! I hope everyone has a great summer!
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18, Day 19, Day 20, Day 21, Day 22, Day 23, Day 24, Day 25, Day 26, Day 27, Day 28, Day 29, Day 30, Day 31, Day 32, Day 33, Day 34, Day 35, Day 36, Day 37, Day 38, Day 39, Day 40, Day 41, Day 42, Day 43, Day 44, Day 45, Day 46, Day 47, Day 48, Day 49, Day 50, Day 51, Day 52, Day 53, Day 54, Final Post
chelseadagg3r's Summer Bucket List!
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- 26-06-2016 15:44
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- 27-06-2016 21:45
Hey TSR! Time to get started!
This is the first day of the summer bucket list challenge for me and I started with a trip to the cinema! I've managed to tick off watching a new film for today, and I've been to the cinema to see something new.
I saw Captain America: Civil War (really late, I know. I've been too ill recently to get out and see it ) I loved it. So so much. I'm no longer filled with doubt over the new Spiderman, and it was great to see some of my favourite franchise characters of all time on the big screen again. I'm really hyped for Doctor Strange now!
I also got started today on a couple pieces of artwork so hopefully they'll be done in a day or two and I can post those too!
I kinda suck at writing posts so I'm gonna leave it at that, although hopefully I'll get better over the summer
Song of the day: You Don't Own Me - Grace feat. G-Eazy
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- 29-06-2016 00:54
Hello again TSR!
I'm onto my second day and all is going well so far! I'm currently watching my film for the day, Allegiant from the Divergent series. It's okay so far, nothing amazing. I preferred the first but I'm still enjoying it. A lot of the effects were a bit crap but it doesn't really spoil the film.
I also made a little bit of progress (I think) on the getting into college front. I made a few phone calls and I'm lined up to interview. Hopefully it'll be soon. I applied a couple months ago but there's been some absence in the staff and a couple of technical errors and I also had to have a couple of meetings with the support team before actually getting started with the application process but hopefully all will be sorted soon enough so I can sort myself out ready for my new course!
I got a piece of work finished too and I'm pretty happy with it. It's not perfect, but it's the first low poly thing I've done and I'm actually really proud!
Song of the day: Lane Boy - Twenty One Pilots
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- 29-06-2016 22:46
Hello again TSR!
Third day down! I've watched my film for the day. I chose Big Hero 6. It was such a sweet film. I am absolutely in love with Baymax; I think the character was written well. It was very predictable, but enjoyable at the same time. It's a family film, so predictability was expected.
Short post because I'm not feeling great. I'm gonna play a little Warframe before bed.
Song of the day: Starlight - Muse
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- 01-07-2016 01:04
Hello again TSR!
Finished up my fourth day! Quick note: I haven't slept very well, and I was feeling really sore and ill today. I also had an appointment I really didn't want to go to but I dragged myself out the house and it was all good. I'm feeling surprisingly optimistic today, actually. I think it's writing these posts and going over the parts of the day that I enjoyed. I'm completely exhausted but I also feel like I'm ready to take on the world. I'm already looking forward to tomorrow!
I took my restless younger cousins to the cinema this afternoon while I was watching them to give myself a bit of a break and we ended up seeing Finding Dory. I can't even put into words how much I loved this film. I already want to see it again, and again, and again. Baby Dory was honestly the cutest thing ever, and I loved all the new characters too. The storyline was great, and it was honestly really quite funny. I loved Finding Nemo and I didn't actually think Finding Dory would live up to it but boy it did. It exceeded every one of my expectations. I 100% recommend this to everyone. After I saw it I frantically started calling every department that I could get the number of at the college I want to go to desperately trying to kick-start the admissions process because I want more than anything to be able to do that in the future. I want to animate films like that. I want to be the best I can possibly be, and then get better. I just think it's such an amazing art and I enjoy being part of the process so much.
I've also got my application form sorted for volunteering at a women's refuge and I'll be sending it off tomorrow. I'm really excited. I'm familiar with the charity already and I really think I have some skills that they could make use of. Here's hoping they take me on!
Song of the day: Just a Day - Feeder
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Hello again TSR!
- 02-07-2016 00:25
Back again and it's the first day of July! I decided to go and see some old friends, many of whom I've not seen in a couple of years. The plan was to have something of a camp-out. I didn't have a tent or anything suitable really, so I didn't plan staying overnight. I ended up leaving early because someone managed to lose a bag of firewood and the fire went out, and I was soaking wet from the rain! My friend Grace and I ended up in McDonalds catching up over some chicken nuggets for a while before we decided it was time for dry clothes and a bed. It was definitely really nice to catch up with all these people I haven't seen in such a long time, although it was weird knowing the whole group but not being a part of it anymore. I did talk to a few of them about going out, though, and we're gonna have a nice meal out in town and then go for a few drinks so I can't wait for that. They're a really good bunch to be out with.
For my film of the day, I chose Joy. Oh my god, I loved it. I love basically anything with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in it, but the thing that really sold me was the character of Joy. She was just so normal. She refused glam outfits and stuck to what she knew and was comfortable with, and she was just a really well written character in my eyes. I'll definitely watch this again and I'd definitely recommend.
Almost forgot! TREAT YO SELF! I bought myself a TV. When I'm in college, I'm gonna struggle being downstairs a lot so I'll be keeping to my room most of the time. I planned on using my PC and the monitor to watch Netflix on but I can't see it unless I'm sat inches in front of it haha and I can't stand wearing my glasses while I'm lying down. They just don't sit right and it annoys me. It was a pretty cheap TV, nothing special. It was also on sale and the cheapest I could find but hey, it was a treat. It was money I earned and I deserve it. After all, money is to be spent right?
Song of the day: Wasted - Tiësto, feat. Matthew Koma
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- 03-07-2016 01:06
Hello again TSR!
Finished up my sixth day!
I ended up watching 3 films today: Non-Stop, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and Star Trek. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was pretty bad. I just couldn't get into it and I thought the ideas were unoriginal and I just couldn't get myself to care for the characters that died or the ones that came close to it. I certainly won't be rushing to watch the next one. As for Non-Stop, meh. It was okay, but it was nothing special. It was a pretty easy watch which is something I like, and it wasn't as predictable as I expected. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. As for Star Trek, holy crap I loved it. I loved the characters and the casting was spot on. I'm gonna have to watch Into Darkness as soon as I can and I'm already looking forward to Beyond.
I also got through some Game of Thrones today. I'm about half way finished with the first series. I'm actually really enjoying it. My favourite character so far is Tyrion Lannister, and I really like Arya Stark. I didn't think a whole lot to Daenerys at first, but she's definitely grown on me. I'm already eyeing up a few Pop Vinyls! I watched an episode earlier with a really loud and long sex scene in it. Loud enough to wake up my sleeping mum upstairs who came down and asked why I was watching porn. Oops.
The plan for tomorrow is to get into the garden if the weather is nice enough! I want to get out and get my chilli and pepper plants planted and see if I can grow something!
I'd better end it here. I have 50 minutes to plan a whole meeting for my team before I have to lead it. Good thing being organised isn't on my list!
Song of the day: Living for the Weekend - Hard-Fi
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- 03-07-2016 17:57
- 04-07-2016 00:38
Hello again TSR!
Seventh day down!
My film for the day was Buried. I've been meaning to watch it for a few weeks, but I just never felt like it. I ended up putting it on this evening and I gotta say, it was pretty good. It was definitely better than I expected. The ending wasn't what I predicted and it was surprisingly easy to stay entertained and for the film to keep my complete attention for a one-set and one-location film. I'd recommend it if you like dark thrillers (and Ryan Reynolds).
I also got to the last episode of the first season of GoT today! I'll be starting season 2 tomorrow and I'm super excited for that. I'm trying to catch up as quickly as possible because I've either seen or only just managed to narrowly avoid spoilers and I'm determined to see this through, surprises and all!
I didn't get to plant my chilli and pepper plants today, unfortunately. It was raining pretty heavily and I didn't want them to flood and die like some of my flowers did. I don't want to fail before I've even really begun!
I did decide to cook my mum and myself a nice meal though! She didn't like the sound of it as she's quite fussy with food but in the end she really enjoyed it. We're both really excited to have it again, and I'm already looking forward to the leftovers! I made Asian style sweet and sticky chicken.
Here's a link to the recipe! http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...9#post66252379
Here's how it turned out. I couldn't get a better picture because I completely forgot until I'd sat down with it and I was very ready to eat by this point so I didn't want to waste time! I have to say though, I'm completely inspired to make and try a lot more new foods in the future!
Does anyone have any other ideas for interesting recipes? Thanks for keeping up with my posts!
Song of the day: Golden Touch - Razorlight
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- 04-07-2016 23:47
Hello again TSR!
Eight days down!
Today ended up being quite the lazy day. I watched a few YouTube videos and tutorials on lighting and rendering today, so I got a bit of study in there! I spent most of the day in the end though vegging out on the sofa watching Netflix. I was exhausted today for basically no reason at all, so I saw it as a great opportunity to watch a bunch of Orphan Black (which is amazing and I 100% recommend,) and a little bit of GoT. My film for the day was the Netflix original The Fundamentals of Caring. It starred Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, and Craig Roberts. I was having trouble deciding what to watch and I really love Paul Rudd's work, so I figured it'd be a good film to try. I'm so glad I watched it. It's a less serious and (obviously) more American version of Intouchables, a French film. I definitely really enjoyed it, and it's great to see such high profile people getting involved with the Netflix Original films. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out in the future for others I haven't seen, and for ones that have yet to be released.
I did want to start making a new character tonight, but I'm so exhausted I can't even type more than a sentence without yawning, so I'll be leaving that for another time. I'll be getting it done though! Tomorrow I'll be cooking Vietnamese pork, so you have my (hopefully) wonderful food pictures to look forward to tomorrow!
Song of the day: Roses - The Chainsmokers, feat. ROZES
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- 06-07-2016 00:00
Hello again TSR!
Ninth day complete!
I started my day with a film, of course. I chose Total Recall. I'm not going to talk about this too much because wow it was pretty bad. Well, it wasn't a particularly bad film or anything, but I felt so incredibly let down by it. I expected something exciting and action packed and the whole thing felt a bit limp.
My mum actually went out tonight, leaving just me at home. I decided not to cook anything fancy just for myself, and I was pretty busy anyway. I'm an admin on a Minecraft server (of all things lol) and today was the first day since resetting everything for a new update. I had to get a bunch of worlds set up and ready to use, and that took a few hours in itself. I also had to completely redo the economy and I'm currently working on a set of shops for players to sell to and buy from, and there's still so much to get done. I have to say though, I do really enjoy working like this. The pressure of getting things done quickly for our player-base and making sure everything runs smoothly in such a fast paced and unpredictable environment is some I find really fun and rewarding. I have the economy to finish over the next few days, and a couple of plugins to fix/replace. Hopefully we'll be all set to get some mini-games back soon so I'll probably have that to do at some point!
I did actually do a little cooking in the end though. Well, maybe not cooking. I made candyfloss. What does that really count as? Anyway, I made this really nice and fluffy vanilla candyfloss. It was amazing. It would've been better if I knew how to spin it so I could have more than the tiny peak that I managed, but the rest went in a ziplock bag and it all got eaten in the end
I also started learning a new skill! I decided to give Spanish another go. I did try it a long long time ago and really enjoyed it, but other things just ended up taking priority. So far I've done the basics really, nothing special.
Hola, encantada! Mi llamo Chelsea y tengo 18 años. Tengo una gata y ella bebe leche. Soy de Inglaterra. Yo no hablo mucho español.
Hi, nice to meet you! My name is Chelsea and I'm 18 years old. I have a cat and she drinks milk. I'm from England. I don't speak much Spanish.
I can't say for sure if that's correct, but it's where I'm at so far, really! It's a really fun language to learn, but I can't roll my 'r's so I do run into a few pronunciation issues every now and then! I'd love to go to Spain one day and be able to speak to locals in their own language.
I think that's all for today! I'm gonna be watching GoT (of course) while I finish off some work.
Song of the day: Runaway (U & I) - Galantis
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Hello again TSR!
Tenth day is complete!
I ended up having another busy day, so tomorrow is probably going to be pretty lazy!
When I woke up today, I felt like making a game. I watched a bunch of videos about it and had a play with Construct 2, and I made a game! It's a little space themed shooter, a lot like Space Invaders, except with more modern graphics and the enemies move differently. I have to say though, I'm incredibly proud of myself. I taught myself how to make a basic 2D shooter game in a day, and it was really fun. All I need to do now is learn how to make a start screen for it and then hopefully embed it into my portfolio website! I've done a bit of work on my portfolio online, but it's not even close to being ready yet. I'm going to keep that under wraps for a bit longer! I'm hoping to add a little score system and leaderboard to this game, and then maybe even make a simple 2D platformer. Now I'm even more excited for this course I've applied to study (games development and animation)!
I lost track of time a bit, and when I finally realised how late it was I shot downstairs to start food. I finally got that Vietnamese pork done, and damn was it good. Another hit with the family! They're trying to get me to study cooking, but there's no way I'd get through even an hour standing in a hot kitchen without passing out!
I don't have an exact recipe for this, unfortunately, because I mainly threw things in and didn't measure the amounts, although I might be able to come up with something. If I do, I'll add it here! Anyway, so this was my Vietnamese pork. It was so so good. The rice was boiled in a beef stock, which added some serious flavour. I will definitely be trying that out again with different recipes. As for the pork, in the sauce there was ginger, fish paste, garlic, shallots, spring onions, brown sugar and sriracha. It was pretty easy to make and there wasn't too much clean-up either. Luckily I have some leftover to eat another time! It was sweet, like the chicken I made the other day, but not even close to as sweet as that was. This one was a little more spicy and the shallots really shone through, which was nice. I'll definitely be trying to figure this one out again sometime.
I finished the day settled on the sofa in front of the TV, as always! My film for the day was Whip It, which I have to say is probably one of my favourite films at the moment. It's such an easy one to watch and it's a real feel-good film. This is the kind of thing I'd watch on repeat if I was ill, along with Little Miss Sunshine of course! It's a real girl power film, too, and I love that. Whip It has me wanting to do roller derby, just like Grey's Anatomy made me want to be a surgeon. I love the kind of films and TV shows that make you want to take up a hobby or get a certain job. It's just like how Criminal Minds made me want to move to America to join the FBI. I really love anything that has that kind of effect. Let me know if there's anything I might not have seen that made you feel like that!
I have to say before I go though that I've really enjoyed writing up about my day. It's nice to settle down and go over what I've done that day, and what I've accomplished. I really think that after this challenge I'll continue writing little blog posts about certain challenges I'm taking up, whether that's another bucket list or if it's getting certain grades. Even if nobody was reading what I'm writing, it's nice to put everything into words, and it's nice to be able to come back and review later. Hopefully some of all this inspires someone else to do more things this summer too!
I'll be back tomorrow!
Song of the day: Have a Nice Day - Stereophonics
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Hello again TSR!
- 08-07-2016 01:27
Eleven days down. Almost at two weeks now!
It's been quite a productive day for me today, surprisingly. I intended to rest up because I've had a busy few days, but there were a few things I wanted to get done.
I got straight onto my computer for a couple of hours this morning and worked on my game! It's going really well. I can't add a leaderboard in for my online version, it turns out, but I've added a scoring system and a start screen! All I need to do is add an 'on death' screen and I should be all set! After that though, I've got to figure out how to add it to my portfolio. I think that's going to be the toughest part. I have to say though, playing around with software is such a great way to learn new skills and learn how to do cool things. This is the first time I've ever tried anything to do with making a game, and I've really enjoyed it. Not only have I just about finished a game, I already have an idea on how I'll make another! I would 100% recommend taking advantage of free software like Construct 2 if you're interested in what it can do. It's really easy to get around and the outcomes are great! When it's polished up a bit I'll have to get some screenshots or something!
Speaking of my portfolio, I've been working on plenty of content for that today as well. I sat down and made a model today, and started a few other projects which I'll hopefully be able to show you over the next few days. I'm really proud at how much I've managed to achieve with this! I'm really enjoying low-poly work at the moment, but I am trying to get a bit of variety going. Considering the first time I tried any of this was September last year with some friends for 5 weeks, and up until now I've been too ill and/or busy to do much with it, I've done pretty well. Just a note, I use Cinema 4D for all of my animation, modelling, and graphics work.My nice little bull model! He's quite cute, and he was really fun to do. I can imagine him dancing I messed up quite a few times but it was actually quite fun working through the problems to fix things up. I also made a little water/ice/mountain scene, too. I played a bit with some depth of field and a few other render settings I've not used before, and I like how it turned out.
It's my little cousin's 4th birthday on Monday and he wanted me to make him his favourite shortbread biscuits. I had a quick practice run today, partly because I really fancied some shortbread, and they turned out pretty cute!
They tasted good, and I actually remembered I was cooking so nothing burned! (RIP almost every frozen pizza that has entered my oven.) I think my main skill in the kitchen is forgetting that I'm cooking something and leaving it to burn. I'm really good at that.
I ended my day with a chill Netflix session of House, Orphan Black, and of course my film of the day! I watched Lone Survivor, and honestly I wasn't all that impressed. I've seen better war films, and there'll be better ones in the future. That being said, it was really interesting and the way the Afghans helped Marcus, which I learned is in their tribe scriptures to do, is something I'll remember for a long time. I'm not sure I'd watch it again, but I don't think I'll forget it either so I don't really need to. I think it's just one of those times where a film has been hyped up so much that it could never meet the expectations I ended up having. It's a shame, but it happens.
I'm very tired now, definitely looking forward to getting to bed! There's been a spider that comes in the middle of the night and hangs around on the ceilings I need to pass under to get to bed for the past three nights so I really hope it's not there again. It disappears during the day, I think up into a little hole I accidentally made in the ceiling a few years ago (lol), and comes out just to scare me. If I don't post tomorrow, it probably took me hostage.
Hopefully you're all enjoying your summers so far!
Song of the day: Centuries - Fall Out Boy
Hope everyone had a nice day!Last edited by chelseadagg3r; 20-07-2016 at 01:03.
- 09-07-2016 00:35
Hey there TSR!
Got through my twelfth day! It's been an incredibly long few days for me so my health issues have had me resting up in bed today. I didn't actually get up until 3pm, and I was back in bed by 7pm so it was a very short day It's frustrating not being able to do anything interesting, but it's my situation and I can't change that so I may as well make the best of it. I did get a couple of things done though!
When my mum got home from work, she wanted my Asian chicken again. I was too exhausted to make it, so I walked her through it instead. She did all the hard work this time and it turned out great again! We didn't have quite enough honey so it turned out less sweet and a bit too spicy for her, but it was fine for me.
After that, I sat around for a while and gave my cat some fuss and (finally) sorted out my TV upstairs! It's so much bigger than I expected, but that just means I can actually read the Netflix titles and descriptions now I spent my evening resting up, just having a bit of me-time really, which was nice. The house is a lot quieter now that my brother isn't around for the moment, but it means I can finally have some real chilled out rest time! Once I felt a little better, I got to my film of the day. I decided on Fargo, because it's been in my Netflix list for ages and I've always wanted to see it. I'm so glad I watched it tonight. Now I just want to go to Minnesota and live in the snow and with the accents. It's weird, considering all the death, but I really do.
That's about it for my day, I'm afraid. Hopefully I'll be better in a day or so! Fingers crossed! I'm looking forward to settling down in bed now, and maybe having a quick browse on Pinterest for any DIY projects I can do this summer.
Song of the day: Borderline - Tove Styrke
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- 10-07-2016 02:14
Hey there TSR!
I'm up to thirteen days now and I've really enjoyed myself. It's had me motivated every day, even when I'm too ill to do much (like today).
I made things easy for myself and made curry in the slow cooker today. I have this adorable tiny one that's great for meals for 1-2 people. It's something I've made a few times with packets, but I made it differently today because I had none of the things in I threw in some diced chicken, some curry paste, some peppers and onions and a few herbs and spices with some water, and 4 hours later it was ready! I love chicken done in the slow cooker because it's so juicy and the sauce soaks right into it.
I watched my film of the day while it was cooking: Puncture. It was actually really good, and you could really tell how much Chris Evans was into the role. I'm also quite into law films based on real events, and because the issues covered in this film happened years ago yet are still ongoing all over the world it's completely relevant and very interesting.
I've planned out a few projects for me to work on so I can make some nice pretty images! Hopefully I'll be able to finish the ones I was working on the other day tomorrow, and maybe get some more started.
I put aside a little time today to treat myself again! I took 10-20 minutes to paint my nails all nice. It's not much, but I love having painted nails and after the past few days it was nice to have a bit of luxury! I used my favourite polish, No7 patent effect Stay Perfect in black, with the clear Maybelline ColorShow on top. They're so shiny and smooth and while they're not so neat because I'm really bad a painting my nails, they'll do
Song of the day: Closing Time - Semisonic
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