Illness, Deadlines and Inverness!

Hey everyone. It’s been a busy, stressful few weeks, which hasn’t been helped by me falling ill a couple of weeks ago and feeling terrible for ages. At first it was just a cold which wouldn’t have affected me too badly (I get a lot of colds, so I’m pretty used to them by now), but then I developed a bad cough and sore throat, and a recurrent ear infection made an unwelcome visit and everything just went south. I’m feeling on the up now though (at least my cold is gone and I can semi hear again, even if my cough is still here) so hopefully things will just get better from here. At the very least, I should be back on full form by Christmas. Also, it’s December so I can officially say YAY CHRISTMAS IS COMING and none of you can hate me for it!

I also had coursework to complete for every subject (an essay for linguistics, a lit review for psychology and an essay AND a report for human skeleton). They were all due within weeks of each other, and me feeling lousy definitely did not speed up the writing process. BUT they’re all done now (at last, finally, hoorah) so now I can have a small break before my exams start. I’ve decided to celebrate by going to…

INVERNESS!!!

Inverness is a Highland-y place in Scotland (quite a bit further north than Ed). I’ve never been and I’m REALLY excited. I’m going with a friend of mine, we’re staying in a local B&B, and we plan to visit the zoo/Highland Park ¬†near there that’s connected to Edinburgh zoo. The rest of the weekend we haven’t quite decided yet. We’re leaving today (Friday) and returning on Monday. I don’t yet know whether there is wifi where we’re staying, but if so you will hopefully get an update of each day (complete with PICTURES). Fingers crossed, eh?

Well anyway, I hope you’ve all had a better start to the winter than I have, and I hope you have a great weekend! Let me know if you plan on going anywhere fun this December. See you soon!

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EUSA Footlights Production of RENT

This weekend, to cheer my friend up after she lost her job and to cheer me up after my money woes (in hindsight, show tickets probably weren’t the greatest thing to spend ¬£30 on) we went to see the Edinburgh Uni production of Rent. And it was FANTASTIC!

For those who haven’t seen Rent, it’s about a group of bohemian artist type people who live in one of the large run down buildings in New York at the turn of the millennia. There’s Mark, an aspiring film maker who tries to document the suffering of himself and his friends; Roger, a musician with a LOT of baggage wanting to write one great song; Mimi, a drug addicted exotic dancer; Benny, who used to live in these “slums” as well until he married a rich girl and was lifted out; Maureen, Mark’s ex-girlfriend who dumped him and is now with another woman; Joanne, a lawyer and Maureen’s girlfriend; Collins, a guy who went to MIT but nowadays can barely scrape together enough money grading papers; and Angel, a drag queen who pushes the group out of self pity (for a while at least).

Now, I’ve seen the film of Rent and loved it. I haven’t managed to see the original play yet though, but boy am I glad I went to see the EUSA version. For those of you unfamiliar with the University of Edinburgh, there are quite a few different theatre societies. Footlights is the most “professional” of them all, and you can tell how seriously they take it. The acting from all involved was stunning, and they were all such good singers! The actors really got into the parts well. And Mark was just SO AMAZING AND CUTE! I loved them all, but special mention to the guy who played Collins – his voice was beautiful and perfect for the role.

The run is finished now and I’m sorry to anybody who didn’t get to see it (no, really), but I just thought I’d make a post to let you know what I’ve done recently (I know, I know, I haven’t posted in a while). While I probably couldn’t really afford it, looking back, I’m so glad I went to see Rent. It cheered me up no end, especially singing along to Seasons of Love (really how can you not?).

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a lovely week! It won’t be as long for my next post, promise!