The Weeks that Pass Quick

I’ve been back home in Staffordshire for a week now, and it seems like there’s been a whirlwind of activity even though I haven’t done very much at all.  I’ve been catching up with friends and spending time with my parents (and my dogs). It’s hard to believe I’ve finished the first year of uni. 3 more to go!!

Much as I’m happy to be back here, I really do miss Edinburgh and the people I left there. I’m so looking forward to moving into my new flat with my new flatmates. This will be my first “real” flat, and the second year of independence. 

So I just wanted to give you all a quick update – I got home safely, and I have more book and food reviews lined up for you, as well as a couple of easy recipes. You’ll be hearing plenty from me over the summer – and hopefully no more of these long gaps!! Until tomorrow xx

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Rant: Stress and Pressure

We all have stress in our lives, whether you’re a student or you work. Lately I’ve been feeling this stress A LOT. This is just a little rant to try and let out my feelings and work out what I can do about the whole situation.

I’ve just finished the first week and a half of of my second semester at university. One of my exams went brilliantly, the other not so much but not TOO bad. Ditto my two assignments. This Thursday I have to hand in another assignment and I’m freaking out. I’ve always been a bit dodgy in time management, and I’ve now found myself with far too much to do and far too little time to do it in. I sense that tonight will be a sleepless night.

I’m only in first year. This is only my first Linguistics assignment. Strictly speaking I could not hand this in and still pass if I work damn hard on my second assignment and exam. But the thing is, I don’t want to fail any of my assignments, or any of my exams, regardless of how “worthless” they are in the long run. This year doesn’t count for anything towards my degree. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try, right?

I’ve always been my own biggest critic. I heap pressure on myself and then get completely dejected and freaked out when it seems like things aren’t turning out right. And it’s not like there’s a lot of pressure from anywhere else – my parents are supportive and so are my friends. It’s just me. I always want to be better and better and it ends up burning me out. Hopefully somewhere in the course of my degree I’ll learn how to manage myself and my life much better. I guess until then I’ll just have to…keep going and try to relax while I can?

Chuffing Back to Edinburgh!

Well, the time has come. I’m on my way back to Edinburgh and my second semester of university! I had a lovely time at home, catching up with family and friends and relaxing with my dogs, but I must say I’m glad to be on my way back. In just the few months I’ve lived in Edinburgh, it’s already come to feel like home for me. I miss my little flat! I miss my flat mate, Irene! I miss the brilliant friends I’ve made! I miss my skylight and my new Harry Potter books! Yes, it’s good to be going back.

I’m on the train from Crewe to Edinburgh now and I was VERY surprised to see that it’s mostly empty. I guess it’s because it’s midday on a Thursday? But hey, I’m not complaining – I get plenty of room to stretch out and I was able to squish my (very full and VERY heavy) case into the luggage rack next to my seat so I didn’t have to try and push it into the overhead thing.

Hopefully, there’ll be no delays or anything and I’ll make it into Edinburgh at about 2:30. I’m so glad I live so close to the station – it means I don’t have to drag my case far. Woo! I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas break (if you had one) and, if you’re a student, have a safe journey back to university or college!

Cocktails and Sweet Treats!

Hey everyone! I’ve been busy packing to go back to Edinburgh this week, which explains the lack of action here. But yesterday I made a lovely cocktail and paired it with some little dessert shots and baby macaroons. I’ve wanted to try making macaroons for a while now – maybe when I get back to uni I’ll attempt it! But these ones, along with the dessert shots, are from Aldi.

I made my cocktail with:

2 parts cranberry juice
1.5 parts vodka
1.5 parts orange liqueur
Plenty of crushed ice (I used a jar of coffee to crush mine because I couldn’t find a rolling pin – whatever works for you!)

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Reading and Writing Challenges 2015

Hey everyone! In 2015, I’m planning to complete a reading challenge and I’m also setting myself some writing goals. I’ll talk about the reading challenge first!

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Now I’m not completely sure where this is from (I think the website Popsugar had something to do with it but if you know where it originated, please comment and I’ll edit this post to give credit) but it looks awesome! Some of the challenges on here I think will be pretty easy for me and some will take me out of my comfort zone, but I think this looks really fun. If any of you guys are interested in also doing this, please comment because I’ll be doing updates on how I’m getting along and it’ll be fun to talk to some others who are also doing this challenge.

Now for my writing resolutions! They are pretty simple really:

1. Write for at least half an hour every day. It’s easy to just convince myself I have other things to do but this year in DETERMINED to write every single day.

2. Participate in NaNoWriMo and ACTUALLY START IT. In 2014 NaNoWriMo I wrote…2 paragraphs. Yeah. I didn’t even update my word count once. This year I’m determined to actually participate and finish NaNoWriMo.

3. Finish the first drafts of two books. I’ve just started planning a new novel which I’m really excited about, and I’ll also be doing my NaNoWriMo novel in November. My goal is to have two first drafts COMPLETED by this time next year.

4. Write more fanfiction. I know people have differing opinions on fanfiction but I LOVE IT, both reading it and writing it. My final writing goal this year is to write more fanfiction – not only do I find it fun, it helps get my brain into gear so I can write my original stuff too.

So that’s my reading and writing goals for 2015! Do you set goals for yourself? If you do, please comment and tell me – I’d love to know! See you next time, and keep a look out for regular updates on how I’m doing with my resolutions.

We’re Off to See the Wizard…

Hey everyone! I went to see Wicked at the Edinburgh Playhouse with a couple of friends yesterday, and I had the most AMAZING time!! I’ve never seen Wicked before but I love any type of musical extravaganza or play and this was no exception. I laughed, I cried, I sighed in longing over Fiyero…it was just magical. The theatre was gorgeous and the sets were stunning, the costumes beautiful and the acting perfection. I took a couple of cheeky photos (you weren’t really supposed to take pictures inside) that I’ll put below for you guys. I’m not sure how long the run is on for (they’ve been there a while) but I believe it’s the UK tour which means that there’s still a chance for you to go and see this…wait for it…WICKED creation (sorry, I just couldn’t help myself!). If you get the chance, I highly recommend it!

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Life Update and Book Haul

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been super busy with university and exams – but they all finish this week which means I’ll have far more time to talk to you. I’ve got a tiny book haul here from Urban Outfitters; a gift and a small present for myself. Enjoy!

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For myself, I bought Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy and Broke – I love travelling and reading about travelling and this book seems ideal to flick through and discover a world of amazing possibilities, as well as tips on how to budget and where to start.

642 Things to Write About – this is a Christmas gift for a writer friend of mine, for when she has writer’s block or needs to get started on something. After having a quick flick through, I’m thinking of buying it for myself too!!

I’m sorry this post was so short, but I just wanted to check in and let you all know what was happening. Hopefully I’ll have plenty of time in the near future to think of some more exciting post ideas. See you soon!