Monday, 16 September 2013

Nine-tailed fox

Wow, I haven't written a blog entry for ages. Sorry about that, I keep forgetting.

Well lets start with; last week I did my art assignment on mythological gods. We had the usual 3 part assignment; 2 theory, 1 practical. So anyway I knew it had to be on mythological gods/creatures/fables etc, etc. So since I love foxes (as you may have guessed) I decided to do mine of the Asian myth, the nine-tailed fox. I think it was originally Chinese but there are Japanese versions too. What I find interesting is that while in European culture, the fox is represented as cunning, clever, resourceful, sneaky, manipulative, deceitful and a trickster; the nine-tailed fox in ancient Chinese culture has been symbolised very differently. One version says that the nine-tailed fox can be eaten by humans, and those who eat it will be protected from evil. Another story depicts the nine-tailed fox as a beast of fortune. Sent by the heavens, the nine-tailed fox was seen as a sign of fortune, peace and luck. In the Han dynasty, it is the protector of royal blood. However, it can also represent an omen of revolution when the Emperor is not good (taken from Wikipedia). Anyway when I went to hand in my assignment I heard people saying "...did we have to put our face on it?..." And I thought, "what?" So I looked at the sheet and sure enough it said we had to draw our face on it just like the last fricken assignment. I didn't tell you about the last assignment did I? Well basically we had to draw a royal portrait of ourselves. So basically I drew some Queen of France's body and then drew my face on top. I got full marks for it but I hated it. And you can probably understand why, and if you can't, don't worry. Anyway I'm kind of glad I didn't read the instructions because there was no way I was going to draw another bloody portrait of myself especially not on a mythological god's body. I just hope I don't get marks deducted for that. I did put a lot of hard work and effort into it though so here it is:

On the weekend I had two parties; one for my cousin who turned 3, and one for my grandad who turned 70. I made a farm cake for my cousin

On Sunday we had so much food for my grandad's 70th. We got to take home tonnes of leftovers. Including a delicious veal tortellini.

This morning I couldn't find my phone and bus pass. I later discovered this afternoon that it was wedged into the side of my bed the whole time. I couldn't find it this morning because we have no home phone, my mum was at work, my dad was asleep so I couldn't unlock his phone to call mine. So that was my morning. Later this afternoon I was getting worried if the bus driver would let me on and if not I'd have to walk all the way to my grandmas and catch a ride home. I was thinking "I have no money, no phone and no bus pass....and no umbrella. Great..."

Thankfully, when I started saying "I'm really sorry I don't have my..." The bus driver said "It's alright you have nothing to worry about..." which was what I was hoping he'd say but sometimes they're really serious about it so that's why I was worried. The bus was unusually empty and by the time it got the last stop there were only about 9 people including myself. But it's all good, I got home and had a nice hot bowl of pumpkin and pesto ravioli (leftover from yesterdays party) and a few pieces (ok maybe more than a few) of Cadbury crunchie chocolate block. And now I am writing this all down to you.

Well thanks for listening if you did. I will update you if anything interesting happens in my life.


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