Last exam tomorrow, Spanish. I'm fudgeED. The Spanish class in the year above us were hopeless in their exam apparently because they'd been taught nothing of what was in it. I've already got Achieved thanks to the derived grades, but I'm screwed for this exam because Spanish is something I'm not good at, because I sit at the back of the class and chill out. I failed my last internal because I kept mucking around and then when it came time to hand it in, I got given an extension which I completely forgot about because it went into study leave and I had other things on my mind, which meant it was never handed in. Oh well.
Exams so far have been going reasonably well so far, IMO. I had two papers in Maths that I needed to care about, and I only need an Excellence in one paper to get Excellence Endorsement for Maths.
Next up was English, which I'm not sure about. There's something about English that doesn't slot in my brain. I can do grammar, I can do close reading, but writing essays confuses me. I can write an essay and think that it went well, but it turns out to be a shizzlety piece of work. Examples were two years ago, and then suddenly this year I started writing essays well (like wtf, I didn't even do anything differently to before). I got Excellence in Formal and Creative Writing, which leaves three papers needed for Endorsement, but I got Merit in my speech, which means I need Excellence in the two essays and close reading, which isn't happening. Idk what mark I'll get for my essays, but I've left close reading to the derived grades which I got Merit in.
Then I have Science. I got Excellence in Chemistry in the derived grades, so that left Mechanics and Genetics. I'm not going to get Endorsement in the subject overall, but I'm pretty sure I'll get Excellence in Mechanics. Genetics/Biology is just the worst topic ever so I'm leaving that to Achieved. Idgaf what I get in that paper.
Physical Science is just doing both Chemistry/Physics, and Idk how I did in those papers. I think I'll just get an average of Merit overall.
Economics is another subject like English. The problem is, I find it really easy, and combining that with my teacher being terrible (not that great a teacher and no good with discipline, something I needed) meant I got a few Not Achieved marks in the derived grades. I can understand it easily, it's just I never learnt how to explain myself in economic terms well enough for the exams so I get it wrong automatically, even though I explained well enough the answers (IMO). I also hate the commerce department at school because I resubmitted two internals to get marked again because I thought my Merits should've been Excellences, but the department never went through the internals like they had to, and just sent the marks in to NZQA. I'm going to sound like a dick here, but it's embarrassing that the cabbages in our class are getting better marks than me. That's one of the reasons why I've promised myself to sit in the front of my classes next year, as it'll force me to pay attention as I'll constantly be under supervision. Less distractions will give me better marks (this year I sat in the back corner of Economics and watched my friend play Minecraft. I'd have played too except I didn't have a laptop. This is why my teacher was also terrible in this aspect, he just let us get on with it, which I hate myself and him for).
That's pretty much my exams gone into detail, I guess.
Other distractions have been going good as well. I've been getting a fair dosage of Skyrim and I've been enjoying that (although I went off it for a few days after completing every major questline, as I no longer had a purpose), plus I've been getting quite a bit of things done on RuneScape. I don't think I've played this much in months, and I'm enjoying it, which is strange. I guess that for the past five or so months I've just been logging on now and then because I had nothing better to do and felled compelled to because of the amount of time I've invested in the game. I quit for about three or four weeks not long before BXPW, and got back into it just before then and I've gained interest since study leave started.
I also feel a bit guilty, because I haven't practised with my bass guitar since study leave started (so like two or three weeks?). The good thing about it is that it's pretty easy - I could pick it up now and play several riffs that I've learnt without any rustiness showing through. That's one of the things I really like about the instrument - I'm a huge fan of rock music and when I played electric guitar (for like six months, but I got bored fast) I never learnt any songs that I listened to, purely because they were on a much higher level than I could play at. Bass is different - the first song I learnt was Another One Bites The Dust. Then Bombtrack. I've also learnt to play Hysteria, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Bulls On Parade, just to name a few. It's great that I can pick up the guitar, chuck on my iPod and just play along. I'm gonna have a jam sesh with a friend of mine who plays guitar later this week. My goal is to get a band together, because jamming is the best way to play and really fun.
Hmmm... today. I spent this afternoon transporting some hay bales from a paddock to our shed with my brothers. We pulled out the 4WD and trailer and just headed down. It was pretty hard work. They're only small bales of around ~15kg, but it's pretty difficult as you've only got two small ropes of threaded plastic to carry them, so it really cuts into your hand. Highlight of that was riding the top of the trailer to stop the bales falling off the top (as we decided to be efficient and stack them two or three bales high above the edge of the trailer, to save trips). Riding about 3M off the ground while travelling 30-40km/h with nothing to hold onto is actually seriously fun, gives quite the adrenaline rush. We were about to head back to the shed once when half the stack fell out the back of the trailer with me on top, which was quite an experience.
Well I guess that's me done. I don't think I've ever made a blog entry this long before. It's quite nice to have a brain dump, my thoughts feel more organised.
tl;dr Yeah, life is going how life is.
Being the socially inept geek that I am, I spent the day after school had finished with my family, going to the movies with my uncle as it is his birthday. Watched Safe House, which is pretty good.
Anybody got an even more interesting story to share?
My personality trait is going to be 'exhausted' over the next term. This is how my week pretty much goes:
Monday - P.E., Volleyball game after school
Tuesday - Athletics, then tennis practice
Wednesday - Volleyball practice (school finishes on period early on Wednesdays, thank god)
Thursday - P.E., then Athletics after school
Friday - Day off, w00t
Saturday - Tennis game
Sunday - Rep tennis game, then football/soccer trials
Then add in homework and social life, and I have very little time to myself (reading/'Scaping/Xbox Live). And then Saturday and Sundays are particularly hard because of the sweltering heat from the times I play in. I was also going to originally play touch rugby on Wednesdays, but it'd be easier to quit and practice my volleyball, considering I was going to join the 'social' team (pretty much full of people who don't really care).
Some religious status on Facebook. I don't believe in God, but the religion-bashing shizzle that goes on in those things just really bugs me, especially when everyone has no idea what they're talking about, besides that they're atheist.
It started by making him think that Wolfa had given me 128m worth of items, as well as hosted a drop party that the guy missed everything in.
Then we took him to Varrock bank and started chatting, then I asked if he could run to the Grand Exchange and get a falador teleport tab for me, so he did. I then declined the trade and made him teleport. Next I ran to Varrock west mine and got Dhampy to bring him saying I'd meet them there, and he never noticed that I was using the ring of stone and was literally right next to him. Dhampy took him out of sight and I unmorphed and pretended I'd just arrived.
It finished when we took him back up to the bank and got him to get another teleport tab, and I pretended it broke into ashes when we accepted the trade. But he decided that he thought we were scamming him so he left. :(
Except for that last bit, he was totally unaware the whole time that we were taking the piss.
Should I get through these exams well enough that my dad will continue to pay for my private school education (thin ice here, I'm not performing as well as my teachers say I should be), then I will sit at the front of my classes next year.
Sitting here studying for my Maths exam tomorrow, I have realised there's so much I don't know purely because I was mucking around in class when we were being taught it. I have no idea how I got into next year's top maths class, but I'll take advantage of it anyway.
Marks the day that I'll be moving into my brother's old room.
It'll be great. It's much bigger, plus it's not at the top of the stairs so I won't have my mum constantly spying on me. I'll also have the Xbox in there, plus I'm getting an air hockey table.
I've had no parents since early Saturday morning. I think my brother and I are coping quite well. I've been getting up at 6am every morning to give myself time to get ready, plus feed the horses and let my dog out/feed her/get her to fetch newspaper. Lack of sleep is starting to catch up.
It's not like I'm disappearing off the face of the earth (although I will be soon), there's just a myriad of contributors.
I still check these forums nearly every day and I'm not sure why. It's a shame the community here has disappeared, but I guess we all move on at some point. I was just 11 years old when I first joined these forums in 2007 - I've spent more than half my life as a member of this community and in a way you could almost see me grow up just going through my post history, as cringe as it is. So I guess here is my first reason - there is nothing drawing me here anymore. All of my old friends from the "good old days" have disappeared. There is no new content or any sort of thriving community to be a part of. It sucks to say but it's the truth, unfortunately. I'll still check on a rare occasion but I won't participate and soon I won't be able to even if I wanted.
Second reason would be that I've finally maxed on RuneScape. I've played this game for about 13 years (12.5 on the same account) and everything that was drawing me to continue playing has now been completed. I'm not interested in any mindless grind or completing all the quests - I'm satisfied knowing I got 99 in all my skills. Finally.
Thirdly, I'm joining the New Zealand army in January as an officer. I won't be able to play any games or check any websites for the next year. This is the primary reason, because I'd probably still bum around if I wasn't busy doing anything else.
If any of you guys wanna stay in touch, flick me a PM and if I feel like I know you well enough we can exchange social media/whatever. Otherwise, au revoir!
P.S. screenshots weeow
My brothers are having a party for their 18th birthday this weekend (twins, uc). For their 16th we hired a mechinal bull, which was awesomesauce. This time we're hiring sumo suits. Not sure exactly what it'll look like, but it sounds great fun. I especially want to pit myself against my brothers, considering they're 2 and a half years older than me and I'm as tall as they are. Should be a pretty good party.
In other news, I created a new youtube account as my old one was getting overflowed with subs that I now consider junk, and I hadn't set my age as 18+, meaning some things were restricted.
With the announcement of Group Ironman in Old School RuneScape, my friends and I have decided to get back into it. I played Old School briefly in 2019 but aside from that I haven't played either version in a couple of years probably. I'm so excited to play this game again, alongside some great mates.
Thought I'd post and say hi while I'm at it! Who here is still actively playing either version, or is considering playing GIM like me?
No school until the start of February. I'm just enjoying the ability to stay up and sleep in whenever I feel like. I've got a tutor group lunch (sort of like a form class? Idk what you guys have wherever you are. It's like a group thing that'll meet on certain days before classes start.) on Thursday, as well as my full license test. Friday is clearance day at school, where I just head in for an hour or two and hand in books/locker key etc, and maybe have a chuckle and those still in school. School prizegiving is on Sunday night, where like subject prizes and crap are handed out, as well as the announcements for head prefects next year, which as my year group I'll be taking an interest in for once. There's been controversy in this because one of the people in the running's parents made a 10k or so donation to the school, and a lot of kids think he wouldn't have even been a prefect if they hadn't.
I think I'm going to let the effect of summer break settle in for about a week, then I'll try and find a casual job because I really want the money - Christmas is coming up and I'm pretty much broke, even though I've already sorted out my dad's gift. Plus as it's summer I'm going to get bored so with some money I'll probably be buying a lot of games off Steam.
In personal gaming news, I got DayZ yesterday, and have been having sporadic sessions with friends which is really fun. I haven't played RuneScape properly in about a month, but I'll leave my membership running for a few more weeks in case boredom sets in and I get back into the game again. Renewing is a nice doggy! and I don't mind paying an extra ten dollars for a month's subscription to avoid the nuisance of starting up again. I'm also playing League of Legends with my friends, and that's fun too. For anyone who's interested, I mostly play Teemo or Darius depending on what my team needs, and I've started playing Hecarim. And when not playing DayZ or LoL, I've been playing Sims 3. Got a little annoyed earlier because a random glitch led to my sim's children being taken away by CPS, and I can't get them back.
In family news, my dad's pretty much out of a job. Long story short, the company he worked for got bought out by a much larger one and his position no longer exists. He's still technically employed until this week I think, but he's been doing very little work and living at home for about a month. Right now he's looking at buying a business rather than find another job. I also just heard a cousin of mine will be visitng with my grandparents in Easter from Australia. He's about a year younger than me so I can actually do shizzle with him that I'd do with my friends, plus I'll be able to show him what good rugby is like. It'll be cool catching up with him and seeing my grandparents again.
If you read through this whole thing, cheers for taking an interest. It felt pretty good dumping all this out and I've gotta go because there's a spider almost directly above me.