news update #2

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Friday, 18 December 2015

Hello,

School has finished and with open arms I welcome the holidays. This means I have a lot more time on my hands and I have been very busy these past few days. To start of with I finally saw the last instalment of the Hunger Games- 'Mockingjay Part II' and to tell you the truth I wasn't fully satisfied with it. I felt like it was missing something but never the less I still enjoyed watching it. To celebrate the ending of another epic saga I have created some quote designs inspired by my recent exploration on Pinterest
(Feel free to follow me and Pin these)




I love both the Hunger Games books and movies and just like Harry Potter I know this will be a story we will continue to love for a very long time. 

In other news I have recently rediscovered a show I used to watch when I was younger- 'H2O Just Add Water'. It might not be the very best show but it brought back nice memories and I just love it. It is about mermaids and I think it's fair to say I'm a little bit obsessed. The past two days have been back to back episodes and embroidering a mermaid. I even learnt some new stitches such as the chain-stitch and the long and short stitch. This is only my first attempt and I'm not so sure about the colour choice of the hair but I hope you like my creation. 
The inspiration for the design came from a mermaid book I have called 'Mermaids Most Amazing' by Narelle Oliver. 

This is my favourite illustration from the book. 




As a lover of books I was very excited to buy two new ones this week. Both are by Katherine Rundell, The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers. I have only just started reading The Wolf Wilder but I'm already hooked and highly recommend you reading it. 



As reading is one of my many passions I think it is important that I share it so some other suggestions of what you should read these holidays is 'The Boy In The Stripped Pyjamas' by John Boyne. The story follows a young German boy named Bruno and is set in Nazi Germany. This book does discuss some sensitive topics off World War Two but is an incredible and very moving story. If you are interested in a series I would recommend 'The Kane Chronicles' by Rick Riordan the author of the 'Percy Jackson' series. Unlike Percy Jackson these books look at the Egyptian gods and it is a very exciting read. As you can see I have a passion for history but I promise these books are NOT boring. 

Last but not least is my new interest in colouring. It is the latest thing going round and although I don't usually go for what everyone else is doing it is actually heaps of fun and very relaxing. The most exciting part is that my colouring book is the 'Harry Potter Colouring Book'. I LOVE Harry Potter so this is the absolute best thing ever.


I hope you like reading this post, I realise it is a bit long but I feel it has set me up for more post to come in the future and the direction I want this blog to go. Happy holidays and may the odds be ever in your favour. (hahaha)

Such fun!
Leni xo 



christmas!

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Hello,

Only 19 days until Christmas, YAY!

I love this time of year and I'm very excited to share my Christmas will you over the next month. For me this time of year is all about family, the Michael Buble Christmas album, food and our handmade advent calendar. Traditionally the advent calendar always begins with putting up the Christmas tree and this Christmas I have my own in my room. Next is watching all three Santa Clause movies, writing letters to Santa and making Christmas cards. Today for the first time we are putting lights in our frangipani tree in front of our house.



Of course living in Australia means that Christmas isn't about snow and ugly jumpers (which I really want by the way), it's about going to the beach, escaping the heat and ugly Christmas pyjamas. 


Christmas is a time to spend with the people you love and enjoy being around and that is exactly how I will be spending my holidays. 

Such fun!
Leni xo

Taking Stock November

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Saturday, 28 November 2015


Hello,

Just before we all start the countdown to Christmas I thought I would do a taking stock for November. Its been a busy few weeks but with all my test and assignments finally over I am glad to be blogging again. I even had time to go for a walk today with my mum and brothers and take these photos. I hope you enjoy reading this months taking stock, full credit to Pip from Meet Me At Mikes who's idea this is.



Making : felt bugs in my art class. 
Drinking : mineral water. 
Reading: The Hunger Games again before I see the final movie. I'm so excited!
Wanting: it to be the summer holidays. 
Looking:forward to watching Creed (a.k.a Rocky 7)
Playing: Alessia Cara's album Four Pink Walls. 
Deciding: what too buy my Secret Santa. 
Wishing: for cooler days. 
Enjoying: reading again, I've read six books in the last two weeks alone. 
Waiting: for Christmas, it can't come soon enough. 
Liking: Saturday nights, 'Michael McIntyre Comedy Roadshow' and 'Live At The Apollo' is on. 
Wondering: what to get my family and friends for Christmas. 
Loving:
my 'tree of life' necklace I received for my birthday. 
Pondering:what to blog about next week. 
Considering: getting 
Buying: a new kikki.k weekly diary for next year. 
Watching: Blackadder Goes Forth, it's hilarious. 
Hoping: it won't rain this Christmas. 

Cringing: at a short horror movie we watched in my video production class.
Needing: new headphones. 
Questioning: why this is so difficult. 
Smelling: spaghetti before I even reach the front door.  
Wearing: my Harry Potter Gryffindor top, I love it so much. 
Following: no one recently, I'll need to change that. 
Noticing: that there is a lot of symmetry in the movie Cinderella. 
Knowing: I will have to eventually make my bed today. 
Thinking: about getting a haircut. 
Admiring: people who can braid hair. I've been trying to learn with little successes. 
Sorting:and cleaning out my desk as well as old school things. 
Getting: ready for my ballet concert. 
Bookmarking: websites to revisit. 
Coveting: a new watch, my old one stopped working ages ago. 
Disliking: going to the dentist. 
Opening: a bag of old tutu's at ballet, sadly they were all too small for me. 
Giggling: at a show my dad introduced me too, "Some Mothers do 'Ave 'Em".
Feeling: relaxed. 
Snacking: on ice cream. 
Helping: my mum get ready for her market. 
Listening: to The Beatles again, its been a while. A Little Help From My Friends is playing as I write this its such a great song. 
Such fun!
Leni xo



BIRTHDAY POST

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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Hello,

This will definitely be the 'catch up' post as I seemed to have lost my blogging rhythm these past few weeks. It's good to be back. 



Firstly I am now officially 15 years old. YAY! The celebration of my birth into this world last week was very exciting; consisting of presents, cake and birthday messages written on windows , but to top it all off yesterday I was in the same room as Russell Brand. (Of course with another 6000 or so people but I tried not to think about that). With my dad and family friend we went and saw his comedy show 'Trew World Order'. 

Russell Brands combination of humour, intelligence and leather have made him one of my favourite comedians. I was so exciting to be able to go to see his show, it was hilarious and did not disappoint. 

I have also been on the search for new music to listen too and hit the jack pot after watching The Graham Norton Show. Gabrielle Aplin was performing her latest single 'Sweet Nothing' of her new album Light Up The Dark. Already being a fan of her music I got the album and fell in love with it immediately. She is such an amazing artist and I love how it is a different style from her previous album English Rain. I've been listening to her non stop and recommend everyone else do the same. 

It has been an eventful few weeks and with things to come I hope to be blogging again soon.

Such fun!
Leni xo 




les misérables

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Saturday, 19 September 2015


Hello,

I have recently discovered musicals and I love them. Well I have only seen one so far, Les Miserables, but it was incredible and I look forward to seeing more. 

 I take music as an elective and was lucky enough to go on an excursion to the Capital Theatre so see Les Miserables. At first I was worried that I would not like it and find the sining too intense but I was wrong, I enjoyed every minuet of it. It is a wonderful story that was funny, romantic, sad and tragic. The singers were phenomenal but the staging is what I love. The way the sets seemed to just float on and off stage seamlessly in front of beautifully painted backgrounds really made the show even more enjoyable. 

The theatre itself was beautiful. The ceiling was covered in lights to look like the night sky and statues were placed all along the walls. It was an incredible experience and I hope to see another play or musical very soon.

Such fun!
Leni xo 

inspired chats

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Monday, 14 September 2015


Hello,

This is the start of a series of Inspired Chats, interviews of people who have inspired me. To begin is Anne Davis my year five teacher. She made a big impact in my life and since having her as a teacher I have been more confident. She made me believe in myself and realise that I don't have to be like other people. She is an amazing and inspirational woman who I am lucky to still have in my life. I decided to ask her a few questions about her life and who has inspired her.
Enjoy!

How did you get into your career?

After quitting a job in a previous career and travelling overseas for a few years, I decided I wanted a fulfilling career and went back to uni to do a teaching degree.

When you were little what did you want to be?

Mum says I always wanted to be a teacher. Even when I three years old I bossed my brother and sisters around in a classroom I made out of big pillows.

What moment in your life are you most proud off?

The birth of my son was a pretty proud moment. Sometimes surviving tough days without killing anyone, also makes me proud of my patience and strength.

What are you grateful for?

For being loved. And for the health and safety of my loved ones. And having a great education which has taken me to so many places. It also opened up many amazing opportunities and the meeting of great friends. 

Who has made the most impact on your life?

I think my mum has had the greatest impact on me from the start right up to where I am now. The encouragement of my history and english teachers at high school really inspired me and motivated me to get the most out of schooling as well. I think of them often. And my mum all the time?

Who is your favourite historical figure? 

I studied both modern and ancient history and I've made a point to travel to many of the places I've studied. Hatshepsut possibly as she was one of the few women we studied at the time. She was a kick arse Pharaoh. Seeing her funeral temple in Egypt was pretty awesome.

What is your favourite book and movie?

My favourite book is The Many Mice of Mr Brice. It's an interactive Dr Seuss book and it was the book I most treasured as a kid. I loved it to death. Literally. A few years ago mum paid a lot of money for one in amazing condition!!

My fave movie. That's hard as I have a short attention span. The Man Who Knew Too Little. Bill Murray is in it. I love him. I've been watching The Cat In The Hat with my son lately and I'm loving that.

What makes you laugh the most?

The hilariously random things kids in my class say. All the time. I love their lack of inhibition. For example "I saw the baby worm come out of the mummy worm's private parts". 
My son is also fairly entertaining.

Such fun!
Leni xo

Insect Drawings

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Sunday, 30 August 2015



Hello,


In my last Tacking Stock I mentioned that I have been drawing insects. This is because our art topic this term is Art Versus Science which I really love. For our final assignment we will need to draw nine insects or bugs, scan and edit them on Photoshop, and present them pinned on a board. We are doing this the same way scientist would pin real insect and bug specimens. I am not up to this stage yet so I thought I would share my process. At the moment I have finished the drawings and scanned them to start Photoshop next lesson. 




Also, as a part of this art unit we have been studying an amazing artist, Damien Hirst.  He is the richest living artist to date and is famous for his controversial artworks such as preserving sharks, cutting cows in half and covering a human skull in over 8,000 diamonds. His pieces are a symbol of everything we fear, love and hope for and they continue to change the shape of contemporary art in the 21st century.



I look forward to looking at more of his work and studying him as an artist and continuing my own artwork.

Such fun!
Leni xo





Taking Stock August

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Hello,

I know it's been awhile since I've done a Taking Stock, I've been so busy I skipped July! I also thought I would add a quick life update. My new term at school has started and I am loving all my subjects especially art and history.  I have also added another singer to my favourites list, Macklemore. I am absolutely loving his music especially when they have an important message or story behind them. I hope to get back into a rhythm with my blog post starting with Taking Stock August with credits to Pip from Meet Me At Mikes. 


Drawing : insects, more information next week. 
Drinking : tea still. 
Reading: nothing at the moment, any suggestions?
Wanting: more records, two is just not enough.
Looking: for a cool Periodic Table poster.

Playing: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Deciding: if I should go to a birthday party or not.
Wishing: my brother Peter a happy name day for last week. 
Enjoying: being in my bedroom, I redecorated it recently.
Waiting: for the Absolutely Fabulous movie to come out. 
Liking: a new Australian tv series, Utopia
Wondering: what to read?
Loving: the song 'Growing Up' by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Ed Sheeran. 
Pondering: what song to learn for guitar. 
Considering: guitar lessons.
Buying: a lot of Cheery Ripe, I can't help it it's my favourite. 
Watching: The Office UK, its so awkward I love it. 
Hoping: this summer won't be too hot (though I seriously doubt it).
Marvelling: at comedians. 
Cringing: at the amount of maths homework I get. 
Needing: to practise guitar more. 
Questioning: peoples decisions. 
Smelling: chocolate scones. YUM!
Wearing: jeans and a grey jacket.
Following: mum around the house to give her hugs. 
Noticing: how quickly time passes. 
Knowing: its okay not to enter Trop Jr this year.
Thinking: about my birthday coming up. YAY!
Admiring: people who can sing.
Sorting: through old photos, its amazing how much you forget. 
Getting: ready for school test. 
Bookmarking: my maths text book.
Coveting: the swan hat from Mirror Mirror, when would I wear it who knows.
Disliking: pins and needles.
Opening: a lot of tabs on Google for an assignment. 
Giggling: at Will and Grace.
Feeling: absolutely fabulous sweetie darling.
Snacking: on popcorn. 
Helping: 
my mum make Yianni's book character parade costume, he's going as Hairy McLarry. 
Hearing: Bon Jovi 'You Give Love a Bad Name' as I type this.  


Please feel free to join in on Taking Stock by visiting here for a blank template.

Such Fun!
Leni xo

romeo and juliet

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Sunday, 9 August 2015


For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo. 

Hello,

In English this semester we are studying William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and on friday we went to the Opera House to watch an adaption of the play. It was very good, simple production with some modern twist. Instead of elaborate costumes from the 1400s the actors where dressed very casually making it more relatable and separated it from the traditional version. The language can be confusing but seeing it performed live makes it much easier to understand, I recommend seeing either the play or the movies if you haven't already. 

This play isn't exactly my favourite but I think it's amazing that even after 420 years it is still the most famous love story of all time and can still attract the attention of audiences across the world. 

Such fun!
Leni xo 

news update

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Saturday, 25 July 2015


Hello,

I just realised I haven't blogged in a while which is unlike me because I usually stick to my schedule, though the past few weeks have been pretty busy.

I've decided to enter Trop Jr again though is it not as easy as it sounds, who knew coming up with an unique idea could be so difficult. The holidays ended last week so I'm back at school which is great because half way through the year we get brand new timetables, its like starting fresh. The end of holidays also means going back to ballet though it didn't really feel like I had a break. My ballet exam results also came in and I can proudly say I did very well.

The cinema feels like a second home considering I've been four times in the past four weeks. I watched the family movie Inside Out twice and both times were very enjoyable. The movie is about the voices inside you head represented as the emotions joy, sadness, anger, disgust and fear. It is clever because we can all relate to events that occur in the movie. I also watched Ant Man which is now my favourite Marvel movie. I loved it because its not just about a guy who puts on a mask that makes him shrink its about second chances and team work. It also has the perfect balance of action, humour, love and sadness so I can't wait to watch it again. The third movie which I watched last night was Paper Towns though I'm sad to say I was very disappointed especially after loving The Fault in Our Stars.


As well as guitar and reading a great book called Maximum Ride- The Angel Experiment I've been getting organised for future post. Taking Stock August and a series of interviews are on the way. I've decided to interview people who inspire me to find out what inspires them and I'm starting with my year five teacher Miss Davis. 

Such fun!
Leni xo 



the zoo

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015


Hello,

From reptiles to native Australian animals they were all there at Taronga Zoo which is where my family and I spent the day. Luckily the rain held off so it was a glorious day and perfect for photo taking. We took the ferry in which was a lot of fun and gave us an amazing view of Sydney. Our first look at the animals was from above as we took the Sky Safari. It was my first time riding it and it was incredible.



The first show we saw was the seal show which was very impressive. Its pretty amazing how the keepers have trained them so well to perform tricks and stunts, my favourite being when they dive into the water and 'fly' into the air to touch a hanging ball.







The animals are very lucky, they have the best view of Sydney Harbour.

   

The other show we saw was the bird show which was equally impressive as the seals. These birds were also very well trained and it was both amazing and scary when they flew low over the audience.





We all had such a fun time, it was a brilliant way to spend the day.

Such fun!
Leni xo

My Favourite Tv Shows

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hello!

This is a list of all my favourite shows which may seem a bit odd coming from a 14 year girl but I love them all. My friends think I'm a little weird though especially when I makes jokes and quotes from a show they have never even heard of. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Miranda


Bare with, bare with this what I call Tv show is such fun! Once you start watching this show you will realise exactly how funny that sentence is. Comedian Miranda Hart falls, gallops and embarrasses her way through 3 hilarious seasons and I think I will definitely be re-watching all off them.

IT Crowd

Working in the information & technology (IT) department leaves Roy, Moss and Jen in some pretty weird situations. This shows humour might not make everyone laugh but my dad and I love it. There are 3 seasons but I have only watched the last 2. 

Friends


The one with all six friends this series needs no introduction as most people have watched some if not all of this classic 90s show. Still it is one of my favourites and had to be on my list. I have watched most of the 10 seasons a few times though my little brother has watched it ALL several times in a row. 

Fawlty Towers

Oh brilliant! Fantastic, you see its perfectly simple just watch both seasons of Fawlty Towers. John Cleese is the hilarious constantly stressed Basil Fawlty an English hotel manager. On top of being constantly nagged by his wife Sybil and trying to make basic communication with Spanish waiter Manuel Mr Fawlty tries to be pleasant to his guests or as he calls them "that annoying section of the general public who insist on staying at hotels".

Gilmore Girls

I think the best way I can describe myself that I'm a mixture of Hermione Granger (from Harry Potter) and Rory Gilmore. I love this show and the first time I watched it was a marathon with my mum. It was great, we did nothing for several weeks except watch the Gilmore Girls. These coffee loving gals make us both laugh and we admire their wonderful mother-daughter relationship. 
The show is back on Tv and I am enjoying watching it for a second time. If you have watched the show I have a serious question for you. Dean, Jess or Logan?

QI

This quite interesting quiz show is the perfect mixture of humour and facts. Host Stephen Fry and his permanent guest Alan Davies are joined by different comedians and writers every episode. To get points it isn't necessarily about getting answers correct but how quite interesting they are. The seasons go in alphabetical order and it is currently up to season M. Each episode is about a topic that starts with the letter of the season it is in. For example the first episode of season A is called Adam. 

Will & Grace

Oh honey I saved the best show for last. Will and Grace is definitely my favourite show and no matter how many times I watch it I always laugh at the jokes and cry during the last episode (it has the best ending EVER!).
I love this show so much it even inspired the name of my blog 'Just Eleni'. In the early seasons my favourite character Jack had a one man show called... 'Just Jack'. 



Here are some other shows that I love Frasier, Blackadder, Would I Lie to You, Becker, Everybody Loves Raymond, Black Books, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. It would off been an incredibly long post if I wrote about them all but they are equally as good.

Such fun!
Leni xo








Taking Stock June

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Hello!


Here it is, June taking stock. I am definitely getting a lot better at doing this list which is great because I can enjoy it more.  Thanks to Pip from Meet Me At Mikes and if you want to join in below is a blank template.


Making :  time to meditate.
Hoping: I did well in my French assessment. 

Cooking : spaghetti bolognese for mum. 
(Still) Drinking : tea.
(Still) Reading: To Kill a Mockingbird.
Wanting: more records.
Looking: for ideas.
Playing: guitar in my schools CAPA (creative and performing arts) showcase. 
Deciding: what  song to learn on guitar next. Any suggestions?
Wishing: the weekend was three days.
Enjoying: going to the movies with my friends.
Waiting: for the school holidays, one week to go!
Liking: the fact this is taking quicker than usual to fill out.
Wondering: what to do this afternoon.
Loving: my new room design. 
Pondering: what to do this holidays.
Considering: watching the tv series Miranda again.
Buying: chocolate. YUM!
Watching: the Rocky movies.

Marvelling: at lead guitarist.
Cringing: at The Impossible.
Needing: new school stationery.
Questioning: why some people can be so rude.
Smelling: homemade bread.
Wearing: my new fluffy slippers.
Following: a little birdy's new blog Chloe.
Noticing: how quickly this year has gone.
Knowing: I was prepared for my ballet exam yesterday.
Thinking: about too many things at the same time.
Admiring: Rebel Wilson.
Sorting: through old files on my computer.
Getting: excited about the new Horrible Histories movie Bill.
Bookmarking: my book.
Coveting: a new knitted jumper.
Disliking: dark chocolate.
Opening: a packet of skittles at the movies.
Giggling: at Will and Grace.
Feeling: relieved my exams are over.
Snacking: on the chocolate I bought.
Helping: my english teacher.
Listening: to the Pitch Perfect soundtracks over and over again. 


Blank template- please credit Pip from Meet Me At Mikes.


Making :
Cooking :
Drinking :
Reading:
Wanting:
Looking:
Playing:
Deciding:
Wishing:
Enjoying:
Waiting:
Liking:
Wondering:
Loving:
Pondering:
Considering:
Buying:
Watching:

Marvelling:
Cringing:
Needing:
Questioning:
Smelling:
Wearing:
Following:
Noticing:
Knowing:
Thinking:
Admiring:
Sorting:
Getting:
Bookmarking:
Coveting:
Disliking:
Opening:
Giggling:
Feeling:
Snacking:
Helping:
Hearing:
Such fun!
Leni xo

Sunny in Sydney

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Friday, 19 June 2015


Hello,

One of my goals when I'm older is to be a film director. To help me get there I plan to enter a short film in the Australian film festival Trop Jr again this year. The TSI (trop signature item) is buttons and I have been really struggling to come up with an idea. To help clear my head and get inspired mum and I went on a walk around our neighbourhood and I decided to take my camera.  



Even though we are in the middle of winter here in Sydney it was a gorgeous, warm and sunny day. All the different flowers in peoples front gardens were so stunning I just had to photograph and share them. 



This is my favourite photo of the day, I was so impressed with myself for capturing the bee flying considering they fly at an average of 15 miles per hour.





Such fun!
Leni xo

 

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