My day. A mundane post.

I sung today with my school choir, we had a Christmas market. They let me stand right in front of the mic. The whole choir was singing but I felt special. I’m losing my voice, due to a cold and it let me down as i was singing. I had a few off notes. I’m singing again tomorrow so I guess I’ll stand somewhere else. But it was fun, it felt so jolly and Christmassy to be caroling ūüôā

One of my guy friends, bought me a brownie which was nice but I’m eating healthy so I really should have opted for something else, I braided a girl friend’s hair and I sat and ate lunch with my friends after. It was really chill.

I have a girl crush, who I have been dying to talk to. You know, the type of person you wish was your friend but you don’t have the courage to talk to? Well I talked to her and she was really nice. I hope we can be friends ūüôā

I talked to someone new today, a girl I’ve never really liked. She made me feel better about my incident yesterday with my teacher. I didn’t think I’d laugh about it so soon, but she made me smile. I took your advice Tom, I rose above it. I don’t want to dwell on i and ruin my holidays.

¬†I heard a quote; “Don’t worry about things that you can’t change.” This and other people’s kind words¬†definitely¬†gave me a boost. Thank you.

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Lesson Learnt.

I did something really stupid. I tweeted something that I normally wouldn’t about a teacher. The school found it and told me what I had said could have gotten me expelled or they could have called the police, except for the fact that I had no previous misdemeanors. It killed me to see the look on my teacher’s face, it hurt more that I had not actually meant what I said. It was a solitary dumb comment cause everyone was critising him, why couldn’t I? I regretted it after I had tweeted it and thought I had deleted it, but I apparently hadn’t. I wanted to disappear into a hole, I didn’t and don’t want to be in school where a mistake I made, determined/determines the way that I am seen. Not even an hour later, it was spreading round the school. I never do anything like this. I have never felt so¬†humiliated,¬† ashamed and stupid. I never wanted to be this person,I don’t want to be this person. I’m going to learn from this. But I can never take back what I’ve done, this will haunt me.

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Time to Reflect

This is a set to remind you of the beauty in the world.

Moss and Fog

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After the horrible shooting tragedies of this week, I figured it’s time to reflect. Here are some simple, beautiful images of our natural world to clear your head from the sadness in the news. Via 500px:

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Christmas. Again.

Last year I had a post about Christmas and my trials as chef. This year I am chef again except my sister Marilyn will NOT be here to assist me. Currently I am finalizing the menu and I logged on to see my menu from last year so as not to repeat myself.

And I admit, I suck at blogging. I have 6 posts, none really capturing a huge scope of attention but I am trying and next year when I’m in Uni, I will make a commitment to blog weekly.I have my SATs/ A levels/ Leaving Certificate/ Le Bac coming up, so yada yada yada, insert excuse here about study and need for 550 out 600 points to get my course.

I am however preparing for the big exam, the timetable has been released, yikes and I am maintaining a surreal calm, it could only determine the rest of my life! But I am finding solace in my improved cooking skill. Attached there is a photo of one my earlier cooking successes. It is roast chicken and mixed pepper salad with goats cheese and balsamic vinegarette.

Anyhow, Christmas is coming, I’m cooking tout seule/ solo. Any suggestions?

P.S. This is not just a cooking blog, just whats up in my life, yo! Thanks for reading xoxo


My Cooking : After        My Cooking : Before

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Thinking Like A Man.

Ahh boys you can’t live with them, you can’t live without ’em. They way I see it boys fall into 3 categories: The McDreamies, The McSteamies and The Mr Reals. First there are The McDreamies these are the perfect guys, from a distance. Cause once you scratch the surface, you’ll find the bad baggage. Maybe this is a pessimistic view to hold but usually everyone has baggage, its just about finding someone who has baggage you can handle. It’ll be something like I have a criminal record or sentences like “Girls always complain about heels but they really aren’t that bad. I know.”¬†OK¬†I’m exaggerating but honestly it’ll just be something plain¬†outrageous. Then The McSteamies, these are¬†usually¬†the bad boys, the attractive but intellectually lacking. These are the Drop Dead, wash board ab, fitness model types that are about as riveting as watching paint dry. Then The Mr Reals, these are the guys you didn’t expect to come along who possibly don’t have movie star looks and rock star game but these are the gems, the once in a blue moons and i guess its our responsibility to spot them. ¬†Love one another and you will be happy; it is as simple and as difficult as that.” ¬†–¬†Michael Leunig.¬†I wonder what men think about us, maybe I should just read Steve Harvey’s “Think Like A Man, Act like a Lady.” I would kill to be inside the mind of the man. I ¬†guess the best thing to do is not to over analyze, like putting the male sex into to catergories…I’m gonna work on that.

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The Come Back

Its been a while since my last blog, and a lot has happened for one, I got a role in my school musical, I joined a competition called Junk Kouture and made it to the semi finals, I got asked to senior prom and this September I started senior year. So let me begin catching up.

I love music. I dream in musical notes. I always have, I always will love music and music has always been there for me. The musical auditions happened last¬†October¬†and I got cast. It was minor role but it was something. And I loved it. I got to open the musical and everyone knows I have talent now. I loved being on stage and i’d love to be there again, it truly was amazing!

Junk Kouture was beautiful, my task was to prepare an outfit from garbage and I enjoyed it. My dream is to own my own fashion label and I loved getting to design something. I loved being the creator, the puppeteer of my chances. I am grateful for the opportunity and the chance to feel what my life could be like. On top of Junk Kouture, I did an eight week course at a top Irish school of the design, The Grafton Academy School for Design and I got to make my own dress. Its beautiful and now when i look clothes, I analyze, I break it down to the drawing of the pattern its like I can see in technicolor.

I got asked a prom, a year before my own prom and I wore the most sexy dress i could afford to be seen in. It was red with red glitter all over, a low U neck line, column/sheath¬†silhouette¬†with cut outs at the side. The guy I went with wasn’t so bad either, he was kinda guy that takes care of a girl and he wasn’t leering at me or anything like that. He was sincere, a really good date, and to thank him I kissed while the final chorus of Tonight by Fun. played, it was sweet and pure and it was all I could ask for. Over the summer i had some major self discovery, I¬†realized¬†I don’t need a boyfriend, and I don’t want one right now, I’m young and I’m not ready for a broken heart or the complications of a relationship. I’m gonna enjoy being single for now and I’m happier this way.

And finally its 6th year/ Senior year and hard work is to come but I’m prepared and I hope this will be a place for me vent. Look out I plan to do some major writing.

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Half-Cooked Chickens, A Joint Surprise Party and The Confidence Boost. Happy Holidays!!!

I’m back and guess what? You know that shift you’re feeling now where your life suddenly seems so profound, yep¬†that’s¬†the one, also it probably didn’t happen once the clock struck 12 this year. While we would like to believe that this year is a chance to live vicariously and take more chances because THE WORLD. IS ENDING!!! Probably not gonna happen and you know you can’t change just cause you¬†decided¬†to, and yes change is inevitable but like fate it can’t be rushed and just cause a few people predicted that the world was gonna end and the Mayans ran out of stone well doesn’t mean you have to change who you are. If you spend the next year plotting and planning ways to be bigger, better, brighter, you’ll end up disappointed ;at the end the day just live, laugh, love and have fun. If we end up going in the end, go happy and proud and on that note lets review the last entertaining bits of 2011 and the beginning of 2012.
This year¬†Christmas¬†was different, to say the least. This year my mother, the presenter and cook of our legendary Christmas dinners, was working night shifts at the hospital. This meant that she would be sleeping until dinner time and that me and my sister would have to single-handedly cook Christmas dinner. Considering our mild and mediocre cooking conquests in comparison to Christmas Dinner.¬†This was the Big Leagues and we were being thrown into the deep end with nothing but a pair of ¬†toddler sized deflated floaties and a rubber duckie. We approached this task openely. “I¬†came. I saw. I conquered.” Almost. Our menu was as follows:

Appetizers                                                                                                                                                       .Cocktail sausages                                                                                                                                 .Bruschetta                                                                                                                                                                      .Garlic Bread                                                                                                                                                     

Main Menu                                                                                                                                         .Carbonara                                                                                                                                                                         .Fried Rice                                                                                                                                             .Potato Salad                                                                                                                                                               .Mashed Potatoes                                                                                                                                                                                                    .Roast Chicken                                                                                                                                                    .Roast Ham                                                                                                                                                          .Shrimp Scampi that ended up as Shrimp Mascarpone

Desserts                                                                                                                                                                     .Large Vanilla Cheese Cake                                                                                                                           .Homemade Ice cream                                                                                                                                                           .Jelly

Considering the Great Christmas Dinner of 2006 where the table was so stocked with food on display you could not put even baby size plates of served food on the table, this was a disappointing and unsatisfying task but everything went well,almost everything. The ham had a slight pink tinge in the middle and the flesh between the ribs of the Chicken was pink and had a tiny bit of blood. No one got food  poisoning and there were no upchucks just some extremely satisfied and grateful parents and a movie in the living room.

Now onto the Joint Surprise Party. Two Close friends of mine both turned 19 and a joint surprise party was held for them last Saturday. I was overjoyed and could not wait for this event. Not only was I permitted to go but I was guaranteed a fun night considering the people attending and the two surprise guests and that’s what it was a good night, a great night. Nothing like the Halloween disaster of 2011 just fun, friends and food.¬†Considering “Butt-crack¬†Gate” I opted for a dress. With tights. ¬†It was so much fun. My makeup was on point and my out fit was clean and freshly spritzed with a¬†gorgeous¬†perfume. There were no boys to flirt with and no one special to see me but I danced the night away and had a blast even though we had to leave early. I reconnected with a friend who had gone to university abroad on a scholarship and I had the time of my life.

Now for the confidence boost. I recently got my hair done. Extensions to be percise and I am soaring on a confidence high right now. Not only did girls notice me but boys did too. And before anyone even saw me,due to an unfortunate fraping on Facebook I got to talking to a popular jock who later on went to describe me as “De hole pakage, with a gr8 rack and perfect ass” excuse the illiteracy, but me, the quiet girl in school described as the whole package!!! He also happened to divulge that one of the cutest guys in school, if you can excuse his PMS like mood swings, as saying ” Nikki’s boobs are massive, I would….” ¬† Oh Glory I am considered “doable.” Even though I would have nothing to do with these immature, uncharismatic¬†buffoons, there’s nothing better than a free compliment right?

Oh Happy Holidays indeed!!!

Its Been Me,                                                                                                                                          Nikki Woodlands.


P.S. To my subscribers, you are the light at the end of my tunnel. Thank you soo much Flora-Maria ,Tom and More fucking opinions. ūüôā

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