an essential quality

I love everything that’s old, – old friends, old times, old manners, old books, and old wine. Oliver Goldsmith

 

If I could ever choose a characteristic to place in another person, it would be good manners. There is nothing more important or attractive in someone than simple courtesy. In my opinion, you can have the entire world at your feet with charm, patience, understanding and acceptance.

So before you criticize, condemn, sneer at or judge someone, remember that everyone is entitled to their opinions, beliefs and preferences.

Rudeness

Strong people

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My arrival

Hello dear bloggers

My friend Zoë has been nagging my quite a bit to move my blog over to WordPress. Not without reason though – the site I blogged on had been rather lacking in certain areas.

Here I am now, though. After numerous days of my characteristic procrastination, I am finally a WordPress blogger.

I hope you enjoy my rants on life, living in Johannesburg, and all of my interests. If you have any opinion, please share. I would love hearing from you!

Once upon a time

I have always been a fan of classic fairy tales. Watching the Disney versions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the beast, and my favourite, Snow White is always an enjoyable way to pass the time. Being more of an adult now, I do realise that the story lines presented in them are not often beneficial to a young lady’s mind – a prince is never that charming.
When my sister told me about a new series, Once upon a time, I expected it to be sweet and very romantic, but in line with what we always saw in the versions I watched. Needless to say is it wasn’t like anything I was expecting.

On her 28th birthday, Emma Swan (Played by Jennifer Morrison) is tracked down by the son she gave up for adoption, Henry (Jared S. Gilmore). She decides to take him back to his home town Storybrooke, in Maine, USA. Henry is convinced the town is under a powerful curse, which brought its residents to our world. The residents are in fact storybook characters, who have forgotten their true identities as a result of the curse. His beliefs are centred on a storybook in his possession, which contains pictures with uncanny references to the towns’ inhabitants. Henry believes his adoptive mother, Regina Mills (Lana Parilla) is the evil queen, and behind the terrible events. Worried for his mental health, Emma stays in Storybrooke, where she is appointed as deputy of police.
During the season, each characters true past is shown to the audience. The stories told are completely different from the classics, and shows the bravery of each princess and prince. You get to see how Emma slowly starts to suspect that Henry is telling the truth – as impossible as it seems. The characters are intense, excellently portrayed, and heart-breaking to watch.
Perhaps the most heart-breaking tale is Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) her losses through her life, and why the evil queen hates her so much. I will not spoil it for you, but it is heart wrenching to see.
It is enjoyable to watch for numerous reasons. There is the delightful twist on classic tales, the story of how a bad girl finds her anchor in life through her son, and perhaps the best of all: strong female characters who survive on their own. Their princes in real life are mostly weak willed, afraid and very uncertain. The portrayals of these characters are inspiring and more beneficial than any of the other females currently portrayed on television.

Revenge

While on holiday, I managed to catch up/ watch new series. One of the new series I chose to watch was Revenge.
At the beginning of season one, Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp)arrives in the Hamptons for the summer. She rents a house next to the Grayson manor, evidently to enjoy the summer there. However, it soon shows that Emily has a different kind of summer in mind. She is in reality Amanda Clarke, the daughter of David Clarke, who was framed for acts of terrorism he did not commit. She returns to the Hamptons to slowly destroy the lives of the people who were responsible for her fathers’ wrongful imprisonment.
Emily is soon established in the Hamptons, although her motives are distrusted by Victoria Greyson (Madeleine Stowe) and her head of security, Frank Stevens (Max Martini). They suspect Emily of numerous agendas, never suspecting her true identity.
Victoria’s son, Daniel (Josh Bowman) falls in love with Emily, and they start a relationship early in the season, leading to an engagement. It would appear as if Emily is only dating Daniel to get revenge on Victoria, but later on it is evident that she develops true affection towards him. Emily struggles with her feelings towards Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler), the man she loved as a child.
I would strongly suggest it to anyone who is in search of something new to watch. It kept me captivated for days, and I am eagerly waiting for more episodes. 

Sorted

I am officially in my last week of holiday.
It may sound crazy, but I am rather excited to get back to work. I was simply not made for doing nothing.
Being my new organised self, I am busy sorting out my life before I return. 
Unisa is naturally frustrating me again with their online registration. I am taking a break before I break my laptop.
I am getting very close to testing for my drivers license. Freaking out a bit because of that. I would love to actually have one.
Getting back to my healthy lifestyle is going okay. I am cleaning the house like a demented person, so I excersise is no problem . I am also taking walks each day, not eating everything I see, and not taking in too much unhealthy beverages.
Which gets me to my one new years resolution: NOT drinking alchohol. 
It is going great so far. But my birthday is on the 25th of January. I am trying to think of ways to celebrate without involving alchohol. Not an easy task.
How is 2013 so far for you?

New Year

Happy New Year!
I am so extremely happy that 2012 is finished. It was horrendous to me. My year of bad desicions. I sat at the party last night, wishing 2012 away. I am not even ashamed of it. 
New Years here in Joburg was crazy (as usual). I am still recovering, and already thinking about resoloutions that are completely doable.
Here is my list of things I want to do in 2013:
Get my license and a car
Pass all my subjects at Unisa.
See a new place.
Be happy most of the time.
Never do anything that I do not want to do.
I do not think it is completely unreasonable to try to accomplish these. After all, they are relevant in my life and obtainable. 
What are yours?
N