Productivity | Week 8

12th October- 25th October 2015

This week has been a busy one.

I had so much school related things that had to be done this week. My parent teacher meetings were this week as well and I appear to have been good the past two months I’ve been in school. Whaaay, go me.

I can’t remember what I did the past week. I remember going to school and just living the normal daily life of Orla Ainsworth.

That reminds me, I wasn’t able to go to sleep one of the nights so I was looking at my Youtube channel’s analytics on the Studio app. The search terms for some of my videos weren’t what I was expecting to say the least.. I also discovered that British people have viewed my videos the most but Irish people are the biggest estimated minutes watched contributors followed by the Americans.

The top 25 search terms for Salt Shaker are normal enough…..

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…. Until I saw the “how to make baby alive food with salt”. Am I saving babies lives? Does salty food resurrect babies? Safe to say I was confused reading this, and I’m still confused as I’m typing this.

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Then there were some videos who’s top 25 search terms were very straight forward and you can guess which video it is from the search terms.

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And then there are some other videos that don’t have as straight forward search terms.. How many different ways can you spell my name? Ten different ways according to this. As much as I like “orla ainswortg”, I still prefer it with a “h” instead of a “g”.

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For those of you who may have ever wondered whether it’s “OreoOrla” or “Oreo Orla”, it’s “OreoOrla”. Don’t question it. It’s just the way it is.

It’s currently mid-term which means a week off school. I really wanted to go to the Netherlands because their mid-term coincidentally coincided with mine which doesn’t happen often but I wasn’t able to go over due to different things that need doing in Ireland and what not.

Yus, I know I haven’t made a video in nearly two months. If I somehow magically can think of a video idea this week I shall film but I highly doubt that that’ll happen because my brain has gone to mush. Like mushy peas, except I don’t like mushy peas. I only like normal peas.

I have so much homework to do this week. I should probably go and get some of that started instead of typing aimlessly as I am currently doing. You go do something productive with your life whilst I go do the same except with my life ‘cos if I were to do that with your life that’d be weird.

Slán.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

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Lawl | Week 5

28th September- 4th October 2015

This was a good week.

I had no school on Monday which was a good thing. We got our CAO Handbooks on Friday which led to me being even more confused about next years options than I already was, that wasn’t a good thing.

This weekend was good too. Me sads that it’s over. *insert crying emoji here*

I have homework that needs doing. This blog post is the shortest one yet. Out of the 160 words in this blog post I’ve said ‘good’ five times. That’s a good thing I guess. Six times.

Have a good week 6. Seven times. Snow White had seven dwarves. Unfortunately none of them were called good. Eight times.

*insert countdown thing here*

Using pictures that I like is going to be my new approach to “oh Orla what should be the feature image, oh idk”. They may be irrelevant but I like ’em so yeah, so be it.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

No No No No | Week 4

21st September- 27th September 2015

Derp.

This week has been stressful in a non stressful way as well as very tiring. I’ve had a cough all week which as started to get really annoying but it could most definitely be worse. For example I could be in hospital right now, like my little sister is.

My little sister has been sick all week and it started off with a trachea infection. After 5 days of antibiotics, really high temperatures and numerous doctor visits she was sent to hospital where they discovered that she has pneumonia. I went to visit her yesterday and all that I can say is that hospitals aren’t as bad as the stereotypes make them out to be. I even thought that the hospital food was nice. As far as I’m aware she gets to come home tomorrow which is great. Even though we fight and have arguments on a daily basis, we do get on quite well. As mad as it may sound, but I do really miss her. Sisterly love.

I usually make short notes and whatever not in relation to what I did this week but I can’t make any sense of the notes so yeah. One of the things that I wrote down says “nothing?”. So I suppose, I did nothing this week? Which coming to think of it is actually kinda true..

This week has basically consisted of school stuff. We had our school mass on Thursday which was combined with Mercy Day. The school mass is nice whether you’re religious or not as it brings the whole school together as one. It’s kinda weird to think that that was my last school mass, but I guess that everything comes to an end at some stage.

On Thursday we had a Parents’ Night in Scouts and I was amazed by how many parents, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts showed up. It was by far one of our most successful parents’ nights, minus the technical difficulties. We always seem to have technical difficulties which is actually quite annoying but you get used to it after all while. Thanks to everyone who came by and contributed.

Every Friday in English we have a ‘language class’ which is basically just anything to do with Paper One. This week we were doing it on feature articles. At one stage during the class my teacher says “oh Orla you have a blog don’t you? What’s it called?” (or something along those lines) and my reaction was “no no no no”. Which in hindsight probably wasn’t the best response but oh well. If anyone in my English class was mad enough to go searching for this blog (with it’s oh so very unique name), hi. I’m sorry to have disappointed you.

One thing that makes me happy is that I have no school tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really mind school that much as it structures life into a routine n’all that but I do enjoy my lie ins. Funnily enough I always seem to wake up really early in the weekends which isn’t much of a lie in but you get my point.

This countdown timer thing is actually starting to get on my nerves as it’s not the most friendliest of reminders. I started this 4 weeks ago, the countdown has gone from 40 to 36 (that’s a great example of honours maths for you). It’s going to continue counting down and before I know it it’ll have hit 0.

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I’m really starting to miss some of my friends. Friends that I don’t get to see very often. It makes me wonder if I saw these friends everyday if I’d still like them as much as I do. Skype is always an easy way to talk to people and keep up with what’s happening in their lives (bearing in mind that Twitter and Facebook do the same but I’d like to think that actually talking to people with voices is nice too from time to time). Which reminded me of the time I was in One Direction with my friends.

I was thinking that maybe I should take more pictures during the week of whatever happens to insert into these posts but meh. Also, I should probably post a non whatever this ‘series’ is called post every once in a while. I’m actually surprised that I’ve lasted this weekly blogging thing this long. My memory is so bad, I can’t remember how to end these blog posts. Eh, goodbye I guess? Adios. Tschüß. Au Revoir. Ciao. Slán. Doei. Bye.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

Tempus Fugit | Week 2

7th September- 13th September 2015

Time flies. Time is uncontrollable. Time is time.

This week has flown by. It feels like only yesterday I was typing last weeks post. I’ve spent the past week pondering and reflecting about certain things.

This time three weeks ago I was in Pallaskenry in Limerick enjoying the Phoenix Challenge with 800 Scouts. I may have slightly forgotten to mention the fact that I edited the Phoenix video last week. Videos in relation to events etc. always evoke emotions within me as the memories resurface.

We started studying Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry in English before the summer holidays. To be completely honest I wasn’t a big fan of her poetry initially, but I’ve started to grow fond of her poetic style. ‘The Fish” in particular strikes me in such an unexplainable manner. My imagination may just wander off now and then, but it’s the way that I perceive the poem. I can find so many different indirect, and direct links between the fish, Bishop and myself. It’s not that I can relate to the cold vertebrate or a 20th century poet, but I understand the poem (in my own way) and somehow I can relate.

I’ve never owned a fish, and quite frankly I’m not too sure how one interacts with their pet fish. You can’t pet it (or so I presume anyways) or bring it for walks. You can feed it, as well as clean their tank. I’d love one of those massive fishtanks one day containing the most vibrant, extraordinary fish. There are over 33,000 fish species, all unique. Blub blub blub.

I started making notes for several different subjects and is it weird that in the maddest way possible it’s slightly relaxing? I knew that I was weird but I didn’t realise that I was that weird..

On Saturday I went to Scouting Ireland’s EGM National Council and it was great to see so many of my friends again. I have so many Scouting friends that I rarely get to see as they live all over the country. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the opportunities and experiences I’ve lived through thanks to Scouting. A new Chief Scout was elected, as well as a new International Commissioner. Congratulations to both Christy McCann and Claire McAroe for being elected and a sincere well done to all who had the courage to put themselves up for election. Even though Ollie Kehoe, Sean Farrell, Pat O’ Connor, Glenn Webster and Francis Minogue didn’t get elected, they have achieved so much that will last a lifetime. I once read a quote by Bear Grylls which said:

“Survival can be summed up in three words: never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying”.

All of the candidates campaigned in a fair manner until the end. They received the support and encouragement to pursue in something that they believed in. It brings me great joy to say that I am part of this organisation called Scouting Ireland.

I’m going to Higher Options in the RDS next Wednesday and I suppose that brings me to the topic of next year. See, time has come into it once again. I’ve been looking through different courses online and I’m currently stuck between three/ four different courses that have caught my eye. Some say that I’m logical, others say that I’m illogical. #OrlaLogic doesn’t do me any favours in this case, but I am trying to think about my options for next year logically and stuff.

Lawl. Countdown Timer. TIME. I wanted to emphasise the ‘time’ in ‘timer’ but it looks kinda stupid now in bold. Oh well. Maybe this will become a weekly thing? A screenshot from the Countdown Timer stating the weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds remaining.

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Week 2 of 40 is complete. Roll on week 3. Who knows what it’ll bring. Maybe it’ll bring a fish, who knows?

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla

The Start Of Something Not So New | Week 1

31st August- 6th September 2015

School has started again. My last year of secondary school. 6th year.

Of course we got the standard “blah blah blah so many days ’till the Leaving Cert blah blah” talk. So what if the leaving cert is 39 weeks and 2 days away?

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I’m not going to get stressed about anything. I’ll do my work and and do everything to the best of my ability. Yes, I’ll admit that last year I could have worked more consistently but no, I do not regret any second of it. I have a tendency not to regret certain things that easily. It happened because it happened. Learn from it and move on. Use the negatives to your advantage and make them positives.

I’ve decided to commit to one blog post a week. In a way I’ll be documenting my last year of secondary school, including the relative school related things as well as the non school related rudaí. As I mentioned in one of my recent videos I will not be uploading as frequently this year unless I actually have a good, solid video idea. From experience, my brain doesn’t seem to be as creative and capable of thinking of video ideas during the school year.

I feel as if I understand stuff more this year. I’ve been having several eureka moments the past week when in certain classes and whilst doing homework. That happy feeling of finally understanding something that appeared so complicated. I am genuinely motivated to study this year, in the most strange way ever I even find it slightly relaxing. I am someone who can either put their head down and get to work or I can procrastinate for hours, days and weeks. I want to succeed in life and even though I completely disagree with the education system I’ve come to the realisation that I’ll have to go along with it whether I like it or not.

Besides all this school related stuff, I have a strong desire to go on a stationary shopping spree. I’m not sure if that’s a thing or not but it’s what I want to do. The thing is, I could buy the nicest pens and notebooks but I’ll more than likely never use them. It’ll be years after the date of purchase before I ever look at them again. Please tell me that I’m not the only one?

I’ve become rather forgetful the past while which is slightly concerning. I went out the other day with the intention of buying a certain book and I came back with several books but not the one that I had intended to buy. I genuinely completely forgot about it. It’s a good thing that the Internet exists and that I can order it online. That way I can’t forget it, or can I?

This year is going to consist of balance. Getting the right balance between school, hobbies, social life and whatever else I do.

Balance: noun

“A situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions”.

This year will also be an interesting year. It’ll be the end of an era, as well as the start of new beginnings. I find it funny to think how much people change within a year. I’ll probably read this back in 10 months time and cringe. I know that I’ve most definitely changed since this time last year. And so be it. There’s nothing wrong with change.

I could blabber on more but I’d be blabbering for the sake of blabbering. Lets see what the next 168 hours bring me.

Don’t Be A Sheep, Be Unique.

~ Orla


“Rudaí”: Irish for “things”.