Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jyssica's Baking Creations

Staying true to my word, I spent the later part of the afternoon baking and, I even took photographical evidence to prove it! Mind you, I didn't walk down to the shops to get the ingredients I needed; instead I waited until mum got home at 12:30pm and together we went down to Safeway.

Anyway, I made Chocolate Ripple Cake (which, let's face it, really isn't hard to make) and Choc-Chip Cupcakes with Meringue Icing. I was also going to make some Triple-Choc Fudge Brownies, but I had to pick my brothers up from school and, seeing as how I only started cooking at about 2pm, I thought what I accomplished in one hour was reasonable. I think I might bake those brownies tomorrow, as I'm pretty sure I'll be spending the night at Emma's house tonight, so it'll give us something to do tomorrow.

P.S; Elly passed her driving test today and got her licence :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bands, Birthdays, Baking and Beyond!

Today I found myself, for the first time, entering the Flight Centre at my local shopping complex to finally book my flights to Sydney! HOORAY! It's now official; I will be travelling to Sydney for the Soundwave Festival!

However, seeing as how Soundwave is only a one-day event per capital city, I shall be venturing off to do other things during my week-long stay. On the day of my arrival, myself and the person with whom I am staying with will be waiting back at the airport in the hope that we might catch 30 Seconds To Mars as they arrive for Soundwave. If not, we shall attempt to meet them after their set at the gig. Again, if we fail to meet them after the show, we have planned to try and stalk them around the city, lol. (Seriously, it would be amazing if we could actually meet them. I mean, Jared Leto in the flesh.. hnng!)

On the 1st of March I will then be accompanying Evelyn, my Sydney muser sister, to see Sum 41! Sum 41's show is a Sidewave (a Soundwave sideshow) that will also include The Blackout, There For Tomorrow, and Veara. . As well as experiencing some more awesome music, I will finally be seeing Ev again; something that I cannot wait for!

Then, as far as I am aware, my free accommodation will run out on March 2nd, as the person with whom I am staying with will be travelling down to Melbourne to continue her 30 Seconds To Mars hunt! So that leaves me in need of somewhere to stay. What I have planned is to catch a bus up to where Grace lives which, mind you, is a 7.5hr trip! Hopefully I'll get there by 3pm-ish so that I can pick my friend up from school! (I've never actually met Grace before, so this will be my first time meeting her; and how do I go about our first meet-up? Why, picking her up from school, of course!) Then, if it's okay with her parents, I'll spend the night at her house; because a 7.5hr trip back into the city at the time of the day would be ridiculous for someone who doesn't know the area! So then on March 3rd I'll book into a backpackers hostel where I'll stay for 2 nights.

The plan is then to meet up with all the Sydney musers on March 5th; the first time a lot of us will all be together again since December 14/15 at the Muse shows in Melbourne! And, for those musers who didn't come down to Melbourne, this will be the first time I get to meet them all, and vice versa. Then afterwards I'll head straight to the airport to catch my flight back home to Melbourne.

So pretty much I'm looking forward to this trip a lot! I'll be independent and travelling solo! Not to mention I'll be in the presence of insane music and amazing people!!

That's my trip planned for next week; but while in Melbourne I still have things to do this week..

Tomorrow is my friend Elly's 18th birthday! Friday afternoon just gone I spent with Emma and Kaitlyn making Elly a photoboard for her birthday, which looks fabulous! And today I spent the day with Emma, and Kailtlyn for part of the day, putting the remaining photos into a scrapbook. Scrapbooks and photoframes/boards are something that my group of friends tend to do for one another when our birthdays come around. It mightn't sound like much but, believe me, they really look good. And it's nice to have something like that to look back on. Elly is also going for her drivers licence tomorrow, so I really hope she gets that! Then, if we can sort something out, a bunch of us might take Elly out for some drinks, seeing as how she'll officially be legal! However, Thursday night will be Elly's official birthday dinner, so either way we'll all be getting together to do something for her :)

Also, while at Emma's this evening, after the beautiful lunch that Kaitlyn made for us during the day, Emma and I decided to make an Orange Cake. I had to leave before it had finished baking, but according to the feedback I've heard from Emma, her family approved of it! So now we've caught the Baking Bug and tomorrow during the day we've said we'll go on a baking spree! In order to do that though I'll have to get up relevantly early, which in my case means before 11am, so that I'll be able to walk down to the shops so I can get some ingredients to cook with! Depending on how it all turns out, I might post some pictures of whatever creations I come up with, lol.

However, for now that's all; just thought I'd post a little bit of an update cos it's been a while since I posted a random update, lol.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

“We held hands on the last night on earth. Our mouths filled with dust, we kissed in the fields and under trees, screaming like dogs, bleeding dark into the leaves. It was empty on the edge of the town but we knew everyone floated along the bottom of the river. So we walked through the waste where the road curved into the sea and the shattered seasons lay, and the bitter smell of burning was on you like a disease. In our cancer of passion you said, “Death is a midnight runner.”

The sky had come crashing down like the news of an intimate suicide. We picked up the shards and formed them into shapes of stars that wore like an antique wedding dress. The echoes of the past broke the hearts of the unborn as the ferris wheel silently slowed to a stop. A few insects skittered away in hopes of a better pastime. I kissed you at the apex of the maelstrom and asked if you would accompany me in a quick fall, but you made me realize that my ticket wasn’t good for two. I rode alone.

You said, “The cinders are falling like snow.” There is poetry in despair, and we sang with unrivaled beauty, bitter elegies of savagery and eloquence. Of blue and grey. Strange, we ran down desperate streets and carved our names in the flesh of the city. The sun has stagnated somewhere beyond the rim of the horizon and darkness is a mystery of curves and lines. Still, we lay under the emptiness and drifted slowly outward, and somewhere in the wilderness we found salvation scratched into the earth like a message.”

- Spoken Word, AFI, Sing The Sorrow
Gibson Casian, Davey Havok, Hans Wold

Monday, February 14, 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, 2011

This post is dedicated, for a change, to 2011 Grammy Award winners for Rock Album of the Year, Muse!

Seeing them on the red carpet was awesome! Then their performance of Uprising was outstanding! Then, to top it off, they won Rock Album of the Year for The Resistance. I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme, and how proud I am to be a muser right now! And all of this couldn't have happened on a more fitting day either; the two month anniversary of my first Muse gig! :')

The Resistance Towers made a comeback for the live performance. And, in the words of Lenny Kravitz as he introduced Muse to the stage, 'some bands play a concert, others start an uprising'. I don't think truer words have ever been spoken! Muse took to the stage and it was brilliant! Tom Kirk did a magnificent job with the visuals and the Uprising protesters really made the performance all the more epic! That, my friends, is what rock and roll is all about!

Then, to have Muse win a Grammy for their album The Resistance was incredible! You could tell how much of a surprise it was for the guys as they went up to accept their award. There was awkwardness, there was talking-way-too-fast-and-mumbling-through-the-speech from Matt, as well as a thank you from Matt to his 'beautiful pregnant girlfriend', and a thank you from Dom to the fans! The Resistance is a spectacular album and the award is well deserved by the boys.

I went completely fangirl every single time Muse were on screen or even just mentioned, so coherency wasn't really a strong suit of mine today. So, to help everyone live or, for some, to relive the experience, here are some Muse-highlights from the Grammys! :)
[Which will be posted as soon as they become available because I cbf looking for them right now :)]

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Muse - Hyper Chondriac Music

Your golden skies
Feed my role
In this forgotten space race
Under my control
Who's returned from the dead?
Who remains?

You wanted more than I was worth
You think I was scared, yeah
And you needed proof
Who really cares anymore?
Who restrains?

I don't love you
I never did
I don't love you
I never will.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Muse in the Mail!

I for one love receiving mail! I love going out to the letterbox to find that there is something addressed to me! It doesn't matter what it is, there is just something so exciting about receiving things in the mail! (That is, anything but bills! :|)

I especially like it when that something that is addressed to me happens to be Muse-related! :)

So when I found a package waiting at my front door yesterday, even though I had prior warning that from the sender that is was going to arrive, I got so excited!

Thanks to Evelyn I had some Muse goodies arrive for me! A very lovely letter, a random Muse mix DVD and CD, some leopard print tissues (it's a muser thing), Muse: A Seaside Rendezvous from Teignmouth, Devon, Muse: Glastonbury Festival 2010 and, the most exciting item, a handmade Dominic Howard doll! Evelyn, a very talented crafty muser from Sydney, has been making crocheted Muse dolls in the style of peoples favourite Muse era or photoshoot and, because she's just so awesome, she made one for me! So a big thank you to Ev; I love him so much! He's very cute ^_^