Thursday, 25 December 2014

Christmas Day: Giving= Receiving

Merry Christmas bloggers!

I hope you're all having a fine Christmas. I know I am! I got up at five thirty this morning to open presents and celebrate with my family. I've just finished breakfast and now I'm at my computer, typing away. I loved my presents this year! I got my globe and headphones, which I was extremely happy about. I also loved watching my parents and family open presents that I got for them, as much and maybe even more than I enjoyed getting presents myself.

Depending on how religiously you celebrate Christmas, how old you are sometimes, and how you view presents and giving back to people, everybody celebrates Christmas differently and views it to have a different meaning. But the meaning for me is not receiving, it's giving.

I know, everybody says that, and even I sometimes think that they're faking it to make themselves sound so selfless. To be honest, I like ripping open wrapped merchandise. Who doesn't? Receiving presents is fun.

But I like the anticipation of the give's reaction to the present you're giving them. I like going online to try to find the perfect present. I like keeping it a secret, and watching them rip it open and crack a genuine smile when they see what they got. I receive happiness when I give something, made from the heart or bought because I knew they'd love it.

It's not just giving merchandise, it's giving kindness and compassion and spreading your Christmas cheer. It's about paying it forward and making the guacamole at breakfast. It's about being thankful for what you do receive, and most of all, it's about giving and sharing your love with people you love, doing things you love.

And here's what I realised this year: Giving=receiving. But not in the way of receiving happiness. If everyone liked giving, then everyone would get to receive a little something too. But if everyone liked receiving, then no one would get anything because everyone would be waiting around to receive something.

I hope you have a merry Christmas my dear blogger friends! Now I'm off to spend time with family!


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Eve: Traditions, Wish Lists, What I'm Giving

Hey blogger friends! It's Christmas Eve already! I can't believe it! I'm so excited! No matter how old I get, I think I'll always be crazy excited the night before Christmas. Today I'm going to show you some of my traditions, this year's wish list, and what I think of the true meaning of Christmas.

Our Family's Slightly Wacky Traditions

Every family has their set of traditions, whether they are classic ones like putting Christmas cookies out for Santa Claus or they are much weirder like putting the mistletoe on a ceiling fan so it turns kissing into a sport. But my family has some slightly, um, wacky traditions to say the least. Some of them are normal, as you'll see while reading my list, but some of them will probably... surprise you.

1. Going to the cheese shop on the eve of Christmas Eve
This one's pretty normal. We always go to a special market place to get cheese while listening to carolers. This year we're going today because I had a cold yesterday.

2. Watching Christmas movies every day
We try to watch a Christmas movie every day. There are so many classic Christmas-yones to watch, plus we add new ones every year. Starting from around the twentieth, we just see how far we get.

3. Counting how many times Clark Griswold and the kids on the Polar Express should've died
For our family, it isn't Christmas unless we watch Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation. This is a new tradition we added this year. There are more than a few scenes in both The Polar Express kids and Clark Griswold should've died many times, so we started counting and made it up to 50 the last time we watched Christmas Vacation, at least forty of those time taken from the sledding scene.

4. There's either a flood or our pipes leak
We don't know why but for the last three years, every Christmas Eve, something goes wrong with our pipes or our water heater's not working or this year, we had a flood coming from the balcony at midnight. It's a strange tradition, really a pain, but I grow fond of it after a while.

5. We drive around to see the pretty Christmas lights one the houses
On Christmas Eve, to get us into that festive Christmas mood, we drive around in our car to see all the lovely lights on the houses.

6. We burst through wrapping paper on our bedroom walls
I'm an only child, but my parents and I tape wrapping paper to our bedroom doors so at the crack of dawn, we burst through the paper.

And that's it! Most of them are not that wacky actually, and without each of them, Christmas isn't quite the same.

My Wish List

What I often do for my wish list is I give my parents a couple suggestions, but the truth is, I trust my parents.

1. new headphones
Mine broke a million years ago, so that's an important part of my wish list this year.

2.a globe
I really want a beige or gold coloured globe to put on my desk. A fair-sized one. I don't exactly know why, but I've grown to really want it now so that's the only thing I REALLY want from my wish list this year. While I was describing it to my parents, my dad laughed at me (it's a strange request after all).

3. stationery with owls on it
I like stationery, and I like owls.

4. witty quotes on sweaters and stuff
No explanation required.

So that's my wish list for this year! My family knows what I like, so that's why I don't have a huge one.

What I'm Giving

For my mom, I'm giving a joke present something similar to this, and a coupon book with fun stuff like "girl's day out!". For my dad, he's getting a Sherlock Homes riddle book and a few father-daughter styled open when letters. I had my Doctor Who loving friend for Secret Santa, and I gave her a TARDIS ornament for her tree. I also am giving my aunt a bracelet, and presents from the whole family are going

Tomorrow's post will be about the true meaning of Christmas. I was going to add it here, but I decided to put it onto tomorrow's. Happy Christmas/  Hannukah/ Diwali/ Kwanzaah/ Festivus ;)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Lucky Stars: My Friends

Hi blogger friends! I think I'm going to start a little series! With all the holidays coming up and going on this time of year, I've been thinking a lot about being lucky and counting my blessings. So I'm thinking I'm going to start a new little blog post series called Lucky Stars, and every post is going to talk about something or someone I'm grateful for and lucky to have. The first one is going to be about the friends I love so much.

Friends are so important to me, not just because they offer a shoulder to cry on, someone who's got your back, someone who is always there for you whether from up close or far away, and someone who gets you- maybe a little bit more than you get yourself. Someone who shares an unbreakable bond with you, whether it took a while for you to understand and appreciate each other or it was kindred spirits at first sight. My friends and I have gone through a lot together, even while knowing each other for a very little amount of time. Every day, I feel a burst of love for my friends as we reach a new level of understanding.

It doesn't even matter if you're alike- a very good friend of mine and I are different in so many ways. She hates Harry Potter, and I adore it. We have different views on many things- but somehow we make it work. It makes it interesting when you're different. Not that being alike is bad! Another one of my amazing friends is almost a carbon copy of me. And then another is split down the middle- some ways she's exactly like me, others she's not. Whatever pieces make up your friendship jigsaw puzzle, they'll all fit together in the end.

Another way friendships are made are through experiences. Just this morning, a friend and I went through a rather humorous situation that made us bond closer. Everybody laughs, it's a fact of life,  and laughing is the simplest way to direct your message, calm and clear.

I'm so lucky to have my friends, my amazing wonderful friends. They support me and I support them, they love me and I love them, they get me and I try my best to get them. My friends have been spreading so far and wide recently, and I'm so blessed to have the friends I have.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Doctor Who Companions Best and Worst- My Opinion

Hi guys! It's been an awfully long time since I posted! But I've got a fun post today- especially for whoever likes Doctor Who!

I'm going to list my favourite to least favourite Doctor Who companions from the new series up to season eight. I've included the following people who I consider companions:
Rose - Martha - Mickey - Rory - Amy - Donna - Captain Jack - Jenny - Strax - Mme. Vastra - River - Donna's Grandfather - Clara

Some of these people have only appeared in a few episodes, or just one in the Cyberman Head's case, but these are the ones that I consider companions. There was also another guy, that was here for one episode in the ninth doctor era- but I don't remember his name and he'd be at the bottom of the list anyway. So, let's start!

1. Donna's Grandfather*

I'm sorry if this has shocked all of you, but in my opinion, in the few episodes this man was in, he was outstanding. The actor, to begin with, is outstanding, and the character himself is marvelous. He's funny, he's kind, he's an old soul, and he's one of the most intelligent and unique characters Doctor Who has ever seen. He "gets" it, he gets the Doctor, and becomes one of the most trustworthy companions of the Doctor. Hmight be an old man, but I think he holds a place in the hearts of many Doctor Who fans out there.

2. Rose

Rose was my first companion, automatically ranking her high on my list. She was always kind and witty and amusing, and her chemistry with both Dctors she was with was amazing. Rose had character, and she had flaws, she definitely wasn't perfect. Her story arches were really well done in both seasons she contributed to, and Rose was interesting. She had a sense of humour.

3. Amy

Amy's story was a whirlwind. Her whole time with the Doctor was a blast, and every single one of the episodes with the Doctor was special and different. Her storyline was tragic, especially with her family and the ending, but it had it's fair share of fun bits and hilarious ones. Amy herself was hilarious, and had a real personality. Her love for Rory was adorable. And she was Scottish.

4. Donna

Donna made me laugh, and her friendship with the Doctor was refreshing and fun. Her loud voice, her imperfection, the fact that she was older than most companions in this Doctor Who era made her all the more likeable and relatable to many of D.W's older fans.

5. River

Her story arc was amazing, her character and wit outstanding. She was so funny and her love with eleven was quite something. I think we all hated her end (or should I say beginning?) but the story was told, in my opinion, with just the right amount of time and effort. River is awesome.

6. Rory

Rory's love for Amy, I think, really defined him as a character. He was the calm, sweet water to Amy's fire, and his acts of love make pretty much every other boyfriend in the universe since 102 AD look not so good His story is sweet and fun to watch, and his constant antics with Amy are hilarious.

7. Strax

Strax is possibly the most hilarious character ever written into Doctor Who. With his Sontaran (my favourite monster) habits, and accidental threats of killing and obliteration and boiling-of-head make me laugh so hard. I love his look and his personality, and especially his loyalty to Mme. Vastra, Jenny, and the Doctor.

8. Captain Jack

Jack is awesome. He brought a new, different, eccentric personality to the show, and who didn't like the times when it was him, Rose, and nine on the TARDIS together? They were immensely compatible. I don't remember ever quite seeing a character like this on Doctor Who.

9. Martha

I guess it was because she came after Rose, one of the most beloved companions of New Who, that she wasn't as loved, but Martha was awesome. She stood her ground and played a major part in some of the most important episodes of the third season. She walked the earth by herself, she helped defeat the Master, and she even held her ground for three months and saved the Doctor's life. Martha was actually a strong character, and once she got over her crush on the Doctor, she became much better.

10. Mickey

Mickey proved to an interesting companion, but a little flat. I did truly appreciate his love for Rose and the sacrifice he made while in the parallel universe. I especially loved his ending. But what I also liked was that he got things often before others did, which proved that he was in fact not a tin dog.

11. Jenny

We don't know much about Jenny, that's why she's low on my list, but she does sound like a very strong and fascinating character. She is definitely unique and original, and I loved her entrance into the underground lair of the clockwork dummies.

12. Mme.Vastra

Mme. Vastra, while being witty and fascinating and different than most companions, also was very self-important, arrogant, and a little mean in Deep Breath. She also treats Jenny like a servant a lot of time. That's why she's lower than Jenny and Strax.

13. Clara

Clara lovers, avert your eyes. Scroll down quickly to a rant-less blog post. X out the screen. Do something- now! A rant's coming on. If you don't mind what I have to  say or if you dislike her just as much as I do, please continue.

Not counting Umbridge, I have never despised a character on television or in a movie more than Clara Oswald. Maybe I have in books, but never have I ever had more hatred for a character.

Clara Oswald: Arrogant, narcissistic. She talks about how she looks all the time, and asks the Doctor about it too. You don't do that! When Matt Smith regenerated, of course she was going to be a little confused and curious and unsure, but she practically almost left the TARDIS because the Doctor got... older? WHY?!? When nine turned into ten, yes, Rose was unsure, but did she ever consider leaving him? No!

Clara overstayed her welcome. Always, a character goes through a story arc or even two if the character is really good, over a course of two seasons. Her beginning parts were interesting, yes, in Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen, but the actual Clara that the Doctor rescued from his timestream? She was flat and boring. Her story was done. She was split into a million lives, and then somehow, she survived. Now she's just drifting without a story that we know of so her, and her boyfriend is more interesting than her.

And, her life with the Doctor is perfect. He comes every day to take her on an adventure, and plunks her down every day right in time for supper. Happy music plays when she's on the screen. She brings random kids onto the TARDIS all the time. Somehow, she's a nanny, and then suddenly she's a school teacher. It doesn't make sense.

And she has no personality whatsoever.With each coming episode, it's turning more and more into a T. V. show about Clara.If she was an interesting character, then maybe it would be alright, but it isn't. Clara is turning Doctor Who into an unbearable show, and I am starting to miss the good old days with Smith and Gillan in the TARDIS, which is a shame, because Peter Capaldi is amazing.

No offense to the actress. Jenna Coleman is actually quite good.

Okay, rant over.

So those were some of my favourite to, ahem, least favourite companions of the show. Here, I included organic life forms. If I would include K9 and the cyberman head, they would be somewhere after Martha or Jenny.

I completely respect all opinions of the characters, and if you have a different opinion, please share. I'm curious to see different ways to look at the characters of my all-time favourite show.

Thanks for reading this incredibly long post!


*none of these photos are mine

Saturday, 13 December 2014

A Few Inspired Words

                                        I see the darkness... but I feel the light.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

I'm a Discovery Girl

Well, this is a milestone for me in the blogging world, my friends. I'm about to show you a little bit more of my identity.

Often, bloggers don't mind sharing pictures of themselves and a little bit of their identities, but from the start, I thought I'd keep mine completely private and not tell you guys about DG. But after a lot of discussion with my family and myself, I've finally decided: I'm going to share my DG experience with you.

Discovery Girls is a magazine for tween girls, dealing with issues about tough friendships, bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem, and other important things that girls go through this day and age. They feature girls from all over North America, and this year, they're going worldwide. I had applied to be in DG because I fell in love with the magazine from the moment I read it. It's a truly wonderful thing, and to be a part of it was an amazing feeling. The friends I made there, including Jollygirl, were incredible and we still keep in touch. And we'll still stay in touch for the rest of our lives.

I am in this December/January issue of Discovery Girls, which can be found here. I'm the one with the brown hair, in the sparkly red hat. I had a blast at the summit, the most amazing time ever. I miss the girls there like family, and love them like sisters that you have never fought with.

This whole sentence is the link to a snippet of my profile (I'm the first one with the brown hair). I'll also get a web diary similar to this one, and I'll definitely share the link to that with you guys as well.

I decided to finally share these links with you because this is an amazing opportunity for you to find out more about the blogger behind the screen. I still don't think I'll post any pictures of myself, but that may change also one day. But for now, I'm happy remaining Oakstar, the girl you read on this blog, the one who gets excited about tagging her blog posts and posting about something fun.

Thank you for reading my blog. It means a lot to me!


Friday, 5 December 2014

December Relief and Loveliness

Hi guys!
Today I will be talking about the immense relief December has brought upon me.

The End of Nanowrimo
First off, it's the end of Nanowrimo. I was so happy to reach my target (which I changed to thirty-two thousand because the first one was not achievable) and immediately shove my keyboard aside for a really long time. I'm so done. Over the winter holidays, I'll probably start up again with my writing, but for now, I'm happy to let my characters freeze in a time-lock. I don't have to worry about numbers and word counts, every day now, which is a huge relief.

School is Slowing Down
Well, a little. I had two tests today alone, and the workload is overflowing as usual, but more talk of the break is starting and the teachers are starting to be a little nicer.

My Advent Calendar
The family advent calendar has started up again, which is really lovely. Every even-numbered morning, because my mother gets odd, I get to wake up and open a little something as a taster for the holidays. It's such a lovely tradition.

Christmas is Coming
I've started marking down the days till Christmas and the holidays! I'm immensely excited. This is my first break as a high school student.

Snow, Finally Snow
Snow had been taking it's sweet time to fall where I live, so it was extremely satisfying when I saw snow fall on the ground this week.

So those are just a few of the reasons why I love December! You also might've noticed that I've recently started tagging my posts, which is kind of cool! It's my first time doing that!