*ANNOUNCEMENT*


A decree from the Royal House of Green Sky, the Outside Realm:

“This blog will no longer be updated.”

It only took me half a year (or to be more specific, just five months and a bit), but I’ve finally gotten back to blogging again. Life has been hectic, with school and exams and oh, my kid brother hijacked my holiday to the Philippines and came back to England with me. Hurrah!

I am so sorry for neglecting A Green Sky Outside this past few months… I hope I didn’t disappoint anyone too much. On the plus side, I did start writing again — only, I didn’t really want to pick up on where I left of here and so I created a new WP blog. The address is apartment8b.wordpress.com and I’ve christened it “The Mind Palace”, which is a direct reference from BBC’s Sherlock and a nod to the memory palace in psychology.

Again, so sorry but I hope you guys can follow me in this new adventure! Here’s an ice cream sundae as a parting gift:

The Eleventh Doctor Month


I halfheartedly sincerely apologize for that Doctor Who reference.

I just got a notification notifying me (because that’s what notifications do) that apparently, I now have 50 followers. Wow! Thanks, I suppose, to all you people who find my ramblings in one post interesting enough to dare and read another post. Have a cyber cookie, freshly baked from the oven that is my imagination.

Please be good to me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

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It seems I’m a couple days late… again. A new challenge has been issued (Silhouette) but I’m still working on last week’s, which was BIG. What I have to show for that is one abnormally sized bourbon biscuit — yummy!!

They were kind enough to give me a fork… to eat a biscuit with.

Work Experience (or Internships, as I believe they are also called)


Gimme that tub of ice cream, I need a treat.

And while we’re on the topic of food (if you can count delicious, delicious ice cream coated with chocolate syrup as “food”), let me tell you about what my week was made of.

  • a dash of early mornings
  • a dollop of forgotten meetings
  • four cups of way-too-much-walking
  • one hundred and eleven pages of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and finally
  • countless of awkward conversations and smiles

Marry Poppins once said that a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down… but you know what? I’ve consumed way too much sugar over the past week, I can never look at another Cadbury miniroll again. (It still won’t stop me from snacking on them, though.)

So basically, my regular schedule of going to school, doing homework and whiling away the hours on the Internet has been turned topsy-turvy by this thing called WORK EXPERIENCE. Yes, all the students in my year at school were assigned two weeks’ worth of Work Experience at any place we chose to apply to.

I wanted to work for a publishing company somewhere in London (cough*RandomHouseGroup*cough), but for some reason that didn’t work out. Instead, a primary school accepted me, which sounded like a good idea at the time, mainly because I was so relieved to have been able to find a placement. Don’t get me wrong — I absolutely adore my placement. I’m learning a lot and I quite enjoy having “colleagues” even though they’re more than twice my age. I enjoy eating lunch in a staff room, reading either Tess of the D’Urbervilles or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, depending on my mood. But honestly, does the school have to be so. damn. far. away?!

The distance from the school to where I live is approximately two miles. And guess what — I don’t drive, nor do I even have a bike. Having roughly timed myself for the past five days (yes, I do things like that), I’ve worked out that I spend forty five minutes walking endlessly from home to workplace at seven thirty in the morning, and three in the afternoon. By the time I get home, I’m just about ready to collapse on the bed and just die.

I mean, come onTwo miles. Coming from the girl who takes the odd staircase instead of the escalator and considers that as exercise, that it quite a lot.

But quite enough whining. I’ve signed up for this and I’m seeing it through. I’ve got one more week to go. I can do this, right? Who knows, maybe I just might go into teaching. Both my grandparents were teachers once, and both were quite successful in their careers. They both served their own terms as principals at the same school, which is very idyllic now that I think about it.

Huh.

Over and out.

Now This Is Just Ridiculous


Heatwave, anyone?

According to my BBC Weather app (yes, I have one!), it’s 23 degrees Centigrade — that’s 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, I’m no expert at climate temperatures or anything like that… but isn’t England supposed to be, y’know, cold? I understand that’s it’s summer and apparently we had a very light winter, but I know it shouldn’t be this hot.

I’ve lived in the Philippines and I swear it was never like this. Though, it’s not like my word has any merit on this matter, given that I spent most of my time either in an air-conditioned classroom, an air-conditioned car or an air-conditioned bedroom… See the pattern? This might be a sign saying I ought to invest in a fan.

I should get one of those portable ones that can hang around your neck. That way, I can have carry it around in school and be all like “I’m the boss of this heatwave.”

And the teachers can’t tell me to turn it off because I’m sure it’s against the law somewhere to slowly boil a teenager alive. It would be a cruel and unusual punishment…

Okay, my thoughts have returned to school. Damn. I really should get back to my work — lots to do, so little time. And I have an exam tomorrow. Wish me luck??

Over and out. I hope you guys have a bucket of ice cream — or at the very least just a bucket of ice — to keep you sane.

The Complete and Utter Insanity of Simply Being


I am so completely and utterly depressed right now, I don’t even have the heart — or the energy — to get off of my backside, go to the fridge and fish out the ice cream.

It all started three days ago (well, I think it was three days ago) when I had this idea that I should make a fan video based on my fandoms. It’s the Easter holidays, I have basically two weeks of doing absolutely nothing and I. AM. BORED. So I started the video and it turns out all the programs I tried out didn’t come close as being as awesome as iMovie.

So yeah, I’m ruined by my school’s superior software.

After I decided to give that particular project up, I know need to do something else… but for the life of me I have no idea what to do!!

  • I want to get out of the house but it’s such gloomy weather out.
  • I’d ask my friends to hang out with me but I know they’re busy with their own lives.
  • There’s coursework that need finishing, but who does that an entire week before school begins again?

I wish I could do something to make life memorable. You know that saying YOLO, you only live once? (No, I have checked and it does not mean you obviously like oreos.) Well, given that I know I shouldn’t be wasting my time like this, but… look what I found on Tumblr! Ha!

RPG, you are beautiful surrounded by these pretties. You help to alleviate the ache in my heart :’)

Friday Standings: State of the Union


Because I like making lists. Lists are cool.

Beverage: mochaccino from this ‘new’ coffee house that my friend and I discovered yesterday, and have asked two of our friends into visiting. And by “asked” I mean forced (not that they minded… much).

School: Yeah, this week was fine in terms of school. I’m sort of caught up with homework and such, and I am actually enjoying Media classes.

Music: Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You”

Crush: this dude right here

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Hype: My friends and I are excited for the the new Avengers movie coming up. I, myself, am looking forward to Robert Downey, Jr. and that dude who plays Loki… and the Incredible Hulk. I just like the color green, okay?

Random: second-hand books stores are great. I bought Andersen Fairy Tales, Grimms’ Fairy Tales and a Doctor Who Traveler’s Guide all for less that £4, so win-win for me.

So this pretty much sums up the week for me. Well, it sums up what is at the forefront of my mind right now, specifically. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Third Edition of Hair-Pulling and Head-Banging


Every decision I do seems to put me into an even deeper hole. I do not like making adults go out of their way to accommodate me and my problems, because it seems they’re busy enough to begin with. And the only time I go to an adult for help — academic-wise, nothing life threatening or anything — I manage to get myself into deeper trouble. I have niggling feeling that this would all go topsy-turvy on me… but oh well, I can’t change the past.

I just want to ask a questions for you adults out there, because for some reason I believe that whenever there are no children or teens about, you all talk to yourselves about… younger people. Like senior citizens discussing “young people these days”, but only more discreet. Please educate me on this, because I’m sure this isn’t the case.

Damn, my imagination’s running amok.

Anyway, it might sound silly that I’m going crazy over a simple twenty minute discussion with two adults about my *academic career*, but since I seem to be wired to keep myself to myself, this is a pretty big step. It amazes me every day that my fellow peers are so easy in admitting they need help, I sometimes think it’s borderline laziness. Not that there’s anything wrong with asking for help, but wouldn’t it be more fulfilling if you achieve something yourself? Besides, talking to people in general scare me a little bit. I’m freaky like that.

A Christmas Party


So here’s the sitch: a couple of months ago, I decided to do some volunteer work to fill up my time. With school, the work that comes with it, and certain social obligations such as hanging out with friend (lol), I find myself having a lot of free time. And while surfing the web is all well and good, there’s only so much Facebook a teenage girl can take. (Erg, I can’t believe I just typed that…)

Anyway, the volunteer work coordinator just threw a Christmas party and I must say it was very fun. It was very tame compared to the Christmas party I’ve seen in movies — there were no alcohol (to the underage people like me, at least =P), no dirty dancing and certainly no borderline violent games. We played a quick Christmas quiz and Scattergrams.

Oh, and we made Christmas crackers too :)

But what made it really interesting was meeting all the other volunteers. I dunno if I should be relieved or surprised that I was not the only ‘young’ person; I was certainly the youngest, but only by a year or so. There were only about eight people who attended, but not one person was like another… and it was a pleasant surprise. There was a retired police officer, an ex-Illustration student in uni, a computer programmer turned businessman, and then there’s me: the girl who jumps from England to the Philippines and then back again.

I had a lovely time, and not even going home in the strong* wind and rain managed to dampen my spirits (although they did dampen the bottom half of my trousers. Damn osmosis, or whatever it’s called). This is officially my first social experience that has nothing to do with school, friends or family. It was slightly scary, but well worth it :) I think I grew up a little bit today (lol).

The highlight of the party? Well, there was that one time when the conversation turned to literary characters, and one guy was very passionate in his dislike for Bella Swan. I understand where he’s coming from — I really do because part of me feels the same, and part whispered “Vampire love lasts for eternity! Of course she was devastated that Edward left!” On the other hand, there’s the part thinking amusedly that “Oh, I was just reading a fanfiction about Bella before leaving for the party. She was pretty badass and definitely better than Stephanie’s Bella.” Just saying.

Okay, that’s all I have time for now. I need to finish my pile of homework… -_-’

*Honestly, the wind was strong enough to lift me off the ground a little bit. I know I’m not the heaviest of people, but come on! The wind cannot be that strong >_<

This Is Why Reading Rocks


Ayyy, ang cute naman nito!! *kinikilig*

So I was in YouTube checking out the new videos on Ellen’s Channel (because you’ve got to admit, they. are. funny), when this little commercial caught my eye on the recommended section*. Watch it — it’s too cute!! Ahh, the romance…

*YouTube has changed recently. Frankly, I find it confusing. But whatever, I’ll deal with it ^_^