So it's official. At 12 O' Clock Tuesday night this all got real. Six years in the making and we've finally been given full dates and times. I came into school on Wednesday morning and I was faced with a harsh reality as I was promptly informed that the Examinations.ie website had put up the official Leaving Certificate 2014 timetable. If it hadn't hit me before that I was in 6th year it certainly hit me on Wednesday! Before now I have always thought of the Leaving Cert as something that was "yonks" away. Months down the road. But now that opinion has completely changed . Once I saw that timetable everything changed. Suddenly I felt a massive lump in my throat. A feeling I have never felt before about school. I usually have an extremely calm personality and I'd be fairly laid back about things. But this really hit me. This time six months it will all be over. I won't walk in here every morning and have a catch up with the girls. Nor will I be able to have the banter with all the Kilkenny girls coming up to the Hurling Championship about how Waterford will finally win the All Ireland (Which will definitely happen next year!). I won't be able to put on my uniform every morning and get all excited about the fact that I'm getting to spend the day with my friends. Everything will be completely different. And last Wednesday, when I saw that timetable that's all that entered my head. How will I manage without my friends? Am I mature enough to move on? Will I be happy? But then it hit me....... Of course I'll miss my friends. Of course I'll miss coming into school everyday and soaking in everything I'm taught (Especially English!) and all the craic that comes with it but now is the time to enjoy that. Now is the time to enjoy being young and free so instead of worrying about what will be happening this time six months, I'm going to enjoy the time I have left here. I'll enjoy the nights with the girls getting dressed up and going for a dance in the disco. I'll enjoy the days getting up, putting on my uniform and coming into school. But most of all I'll enjoy the few months I have remaining with all the amazing friend's I have made over the past six years. Because lets face it........ they're a pretty amazing bunch of people!!
Let me just start by saying Frozen is one of the best Disney movies I've seen in a long time! If you haven't seen it, It's the same computer animation as the movie Tangled but I think it just had something that most other movies usually don't have.
The movie follows the lives of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, who are the two daughters of the King and Queen of Arendelle. Elsa has a power to freeze things but as her powers get stronger, they get more uncontrollable. One night whilst playing with her sister, she accidentally injures Anna with her powers. They cure her by visiting the trolls but they erase all memory of magic from Anna's life. To keep Elsa's power a secret from her sister and the town they lock themselves up in their castle, and Elsa in her room. The sisters over several years become more separated and Anna doesn't understand why this is.
After about 10 years it is Elsa's coronation ceremony but she is so nervous that people will be there and may find her secret. People find out and Elsa escapes up the mountain to solitude only to find Anna trying to find her and bring her home. Anna meets some interesting characters along the way such as trolls, the duo of a man and a pet reindeer and even a snowman with intentions of experiencing summer. With various plot twists and key moments, I found myself laughing, crying and even at the edge of my seat at some points. What makes a movie perfect other than a flawless story and loveable characters (and somehow attractive may I add)? An outstanding soundtrack. Kristin Bell (yes, the woman that loved sloths on The Ellen Show) and Wicked star Idina Menzel and their amazing performances really just make the movie perfect. I would rate this movie 5/5 for it's cleverness, creativity, and more importantly the catchy tunes that I can't get out of my head all week.
(We did reviews in class so I assume I can do my post on this..)
It's that time of year again, yes it is December and Christmas is approaching fast. Everywhere we go and everything we see in the shops seem to have some sort of offer attached to it. You might ask yourself why is this necessary seeing as it is Christmas after all and people are going to purchase gifts? In my opinion the reason the shops are all competing against each other is because of the significant rise in online retail. I remember as a child going to Merchants Quay in Cork and we could be queuing for up to an hour for parking. Nowadays you can drive into most car parks as soon as you arrive and once you get inside, the shops do not seem as busy as before. I think all of this has happened because of the increase in people doing their Christmas shopping online. Most of the shops like Easons and Smyths for example now do free delivery to your front door, saving you the hassle of bringing your children out and spending extra on parking, fuel , etc. In my own experience there is a much wider variety of items available online. For example I was looking for a DVD as a present for someone for Christmas, after trying three different shops with no luck I found it online and within four days it was at my front door. So while there are bargains and stress-free shopping available to you in the comfort of your own home the question I ask is, does anything actually beat the feeling of Christmas shopping in town with the music, decorations and Christmas lights? I guess it is up to every individual to decide but for me it's town all the way unless there is something specific that I cannot get in the shops.
In time things change but people don't tend to notice from the simplest things like from the way people look, to the way people act and the way they dress. For example if you look back at your baby pictures you were more than likely wearing a big massive frilly dresses and the only excuse our parents have for dressing us in these horrible clothes is "they were the style back then" , I suppose it was but still . Now a days you would see children in designer clothes running around the place
Then moving on to how people look going from have a perm to having an afro to having the perfect straight hair or the perfect curles. Don't even get me started on make-up from having no make-up on at all to having the orangest face you can possible have to having eyebrows like slugs
And now for the final one how people act. People think they need to act a certain way to be "cool" and to fit in when really people can see that there trying to hard to be what there not and its quite pathetic.
People always ask the question why play rugby? Is it not dangerous? They often wonder why anyone would put themselves into such a brutal, violent game, but rugby is in fact one of the most highly skilled, elegant sports around. To people who don't understand the game it can look pointless, I mean a bunch of be it men or women, running back and forth bashing into each other can't look pretty or at all fun, but if you know the game it is much more than that.
Rugby is a team sport, it requires fifteen players who all do a different job, from the forwards who bash, crash and push their way up the field to the backs who have the speed and agility to run the ball over that gain-line or indeed the try-line, the two groups work together like a machine, it requires full dedication of every player on the field to win a match not just one or two star-players. The passing, tackling, mauls and rucks make this sport stand out from the rest, But the teamwork and coordination is everything in this sport and when put together it is truly beautiful.
Another one they ask is why do women play rugby?, why not do something more feminine? Well my answer would be for the complete and utter love of sport, plus being a woman playing what is considered a ''mans'' game also shows that women can do all the things men can do just as well, if not better, a prime example being the Irish Women's Rugby team who won the Six Nations for the first time ever this year, they succeeded in promoting women in sport and made everybody in Ireland proud to be Irish.
When you step onto that pitch there is no better feeling, surrounded by your teammates, friends and family all cheering for your team, it drives you on to win.
So I play rugby for the reasons: Because it is an elegant fun game, the people you meet and the difference you can make, the success and the party after isn't too bad either. I would encourage everybody to give it a go, because there is a position and a job for people of all shapes and sizes and it makes you friends for life.