My Month in Photos

Hi guys!

So I thought I’d just give you a quick whizz through my last couple of months in photo form.

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Here’s a picture I took at the train station waiting to come home for the weekend in the middle of the term, it felt like such a nice warm day at that point, unfortunately by the time I got home it was chucking it down.

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I saw this lovely sunrise one morning on the way to placement, it brightened my morning and set me up for a good day so I thought I would capture (and ofc Instagram) the moment.

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Look at how delicious these look! My mouth is watering just writing this. I went for an ice cream date with my best friend at my new favourite place; Gelato Passion. I’ve never really seen a dessert restaurant/café before moving to Leeds and now there’s literally at least three within walking distance of me, heaven! (Although not so heavenly for my sugar intake)

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For the last two weeks of term I’ve been involved in a project researching and learning about the history of illness in children, this included a trip to Howarth and the Bronte Parsonage museum (this is the view from outside). The visit was so eye opening, it definitely inspired me to get reading again (starting with Jane Eyre!).

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Here is a picture of the beautiful Christmas dinner me and my housemates created. I was really impressed that it actually turned out to not be a disaster (insert party emoji), although not so impressed that I couldn’t finish it all. The rest of that evening was filled with other Christmassy fun including secret santa and an 8 round, homemade Christmas quiz.

Gingerbread latte

Both my parents had the day off on Wednesday so we hit the gym in the morning and went out for gingerbread lattes (aka best drink ever) in the afternoon. Here is my classic ‘white girl’ snap of my latte, so cliché.

Coffee and mince pie

This is my less impressive coffee (in my Sindy mug, how old am I?) but with my favourite Christmas treat… a mince pie! I have been craving one of these since I first spotted them a month ago in Aldi and convinced myself they weren’t a necessity; how wrong I was. Now I’m back home, two boxes down and couldn’t be happier.

So as per usual, the majority of my pictures over the last few months involve food. I’m pretty certain I do do things other than just eat, but I never seem to think about documenting it unless there’s something tasty on show. Maybe this is something I can change over the new year..

 

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Uninspired and Tired

So I’m home for Christmas! Hoorayy!

I’m loving being with my family again so much, but for the past two days everyone has been at work/school and I’ve been feeling a bit lost.

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Don’t get me wrong, normally I love nothing more than a day at home to myself to catch up with reading or blogging or any other little jobs that need doing, but I’ve just been feeling so uninspired. All I want to do is slob on the sofa which is fine, but even doing that I feel quite angsty and frustrated like I should be doing something else.

Reading blogs isn’t helping either because they just make me want to produce all this amazing content and whenever I try, it all comes out as a ramble of words. This is just reverting me back to my ‘oh I’m just not a creative person’ mindset, where I feel like I just can’t do it and should stop trying. I know this isn’t what I really want though, I want to keep this creative outlet, even if it only gets attention in the holidays (and is hidden from everyone I know).

I finished my last week of uni feeling inspired after visiting so many museums and talking about so many books, that I would start properly reading again but I just can’t engage with anything.

I don’t think the weather’s helping either, I just hate how dark it’s getting so early, it’s making me feel miserable and like I can’t do anything productive with my day after about half 3 because that’s the day over.

Maybe it’s just because I’ve gone from being so busy to having no plans and I’m feeling a bit ill and restless anyway. I’m hoping it will just pass in a couple of days and I’ll stop feeling permanently irritated.

If anyone has any tips on how to get out of my slump then please comment!

Busy Lives and Bake Off

I can see this whole being back at uni thing becoming a problem blog-wise. I have now remembered why my blog got very little attention over the past year, clearly the summer gave me temporary memory loss, because I am very busy.

Being in uni 9-5 the majority of days isn’t even the big problem; it’s that when I get back I have so many lectures to write up, assignments to complete and food to make. Mix that with actually wanting to see my housemates and being so exhausted that all I can bring myself to do is watch weird documentaries on Netflix all results in a very neglected blog.

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All I can say is I will do my best, I do really enjoy this blog but at the end of the day my studies have to come first; especially as second year of medicine is notoriously one of the harder ones in Leeds. I’m not abandoning this, but don’t be expecting a crazy busy posting schedule, I do kind of want to keep my sanity (as much as possible).

With that out of the way, here’s what has happened in my first few weeks back at uni!

In the first week my three friends from home came to stay and experience midweek nights out in Leeds. We began the two day stay with my first trip to Reds, the BBQ restaurant with the quirky ‘meat bible’ for a menu.

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This is what my flatmates were greeted with when they woke up Thursday morning. This was the 3am sick cleaning attempt, classy I know (not mine I might add).

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After night out number two we were ready for the mammoth hangover cure that was this brunch…

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A moving in present from me to me was a desperately needed new pair of jeans.

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Getting back into the routine of cooking for myself has been a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless, here is my dubious looking attempt at a sausage casserole; which actually turned out to be very tasty!

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Also I have discovered that as much as students do live up to their reputation as party animals, they also have the unspoken rule that if bake off is on it must be watched. I was practically kicked out of my house for uttering the words ‘I’m not a big fan of bake off’. I soon learned and by the following week I was sat along with the rest of my house munching on homemade carrot cake and criticising baking techniques like I knew what a mokatine even was.

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My boyfriend visited last weekend and although we didn’t really do much, we did go to this amazing Gelato place. Despite the dodgy outer appearance of the place, it’s actually really nice inside and the hot cookie dough I had was bliss!

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Looking back over this post I realise it seems to have a major food theme… oops!

At some point I’ll take some decent photos of my room to show you, because it does look pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

Back to University

I am officially in the last week of my 3 month summer holiday, it’s really flown by (cliche, I know).

When I go back to university on Sunday I will be moving into a house, as opposed to the university halls I was living in last year, which means a whole new room to decorate, eeek! When I say decorate, of course it is a rented house with all the furniture included so there isn’t anything major I can do, but giving my room that personal touch will make being away from home again that little bit easier.

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To start with I did actually buy some useful things for this academic year. The free pens I collected from all the freshers fairs last year will probably last me a lifetime, so they weren’t on my list this time. I did grab a couple of folders from Tesco to store all my lecture notes in, I thought this would be a better idea than notebooks because it allows me to redo any notes to make them neater and prettier (which of course is always the aim!).

I also got this academic diary/planner from Amazon, which I found last year I couldn’t live without. Without one I would never have met all my deadlines without having some sort of breakdown!

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Mini cacti are something I have been looking for for a while now and I finally came across some in my (first ever) trip to IKEA the other day. They were £4.50 for 3 which I thought was a bargain and will be really cute dotted around my room!

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Also from IKEA is this cute little toothbrush pot which I will be using to store my pens.

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As I wasn’t allowed them in my accommodation last year, I’ve gone a bit candle crazy for my new room.

  • Passion fruit and melon flavour from Tesco
  • ‘Queen of Fragrance’ from Dunelm
  • Red berry and jasmine flavour from Primark
  • Spa (I think?) flavour from IKEA
  • Berry flavour from IKEA

I may do some sort of candle review when I have actually tried them.

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For in the kitchen I bought two large clip top jars to store my coffee and sugar in (seriously a university essential). I’m planning on sticking some labels on these to make them even cuter!

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This year my bedroom is in the basement of our house, this has made me slightly concerned about the lighting of the room. I am taking two of these plain black desk lamps from home with me to hopefully help solve this. I’ve also bought 10 metres of fairy lights from Amazon which I am going to hang up around my room.

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I am so excited to decorate my room and make it my own, I’m hoping that this excitement helps to take my mind off any homesickness I might feel when moving back to uni.

I’ll keep you all updated on the progress of my new room and hopefully have some pretty pictures to show you soon.

To anyone starting uni or going back in the next couple of weeks, what are your plans to personalise your room?

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

For the whole month of August the Fringe festival hits Edinburgh in a flurry of comedy, theatre and cabaret and this year I was lucky enough to be able to go for the final week. One of my friends attends uni in Edinburgh, so instead of having to pay for a hotel a few of us went and stayed with him.

I really wasn’t prepared for the sheer volume of acts, paid and unpaid, that were performing around Edinburgh, the only down-side to that was that it made it very hard to choose which acts to see. Being poor students, one major thing that affected our decisions was cost, so we ended up seeing mostly free acts with a couple of paid ones dotted in between.

Another thing I wasn’t prepared for was the leafleting. Every step you took another leaflet would be forced in your hand, or waved in your face, most of these would then end up on the floor or stuffed into your bag until it was too heavy to carry.

About 1/100th of the leaflets I received

About 1/100th of the leaflets I received

My favourite act of the week had to be JollyBoat: Nerdplay, it was a free cabaret show by two brothers who sang about pirates, Star Wars and video games, and it was hilarious.

Another of my favourite acts was Marcus Brigstocke, this one we did have to pay for but was worth every penny, I was nearly crying from laughter. Although I hadn’t heard of him before Edinburgh, my friends had, he has been on many different comedy shows on TV. What I really enjoyed was that interspersed within his jokes were strong opinions on equality, feminism and politics which I agreed with. With some comedians I am always on edge as to when the next sexist or racist joke is coming, but with Marcus Brigstocke I found that this wasn’t a problem.

I didn’t really take many pictures because it was so busy, but here are a few.

The journey up

The journey up

View from the park

View from the park

Coffee from my favourite zebra cafe

Coffee from my favourite zebra cafe

More Scottish money

Funky Scottish money

Sun in Scotland?!?

Sun in Scotland?!?

My first time trying sweet potato fries

My first time trying sweet potato fries

Pretty sunset sky

Pretty sunset sky

Full moon

Full moon

We also had a look around the book festival that was going on in Edinburgh and I picked up one of the cute little 80p Penguin Classics; The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. I have always been curious about his writing, so here is my chance to check it out.

I have also been picking up cheap candles wherever I have seen them for my uni room in September, so I bought this red berry and jasmine one from Primark.

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I had such a lovely time and fell in love with Edinburgh a little bit; the pretty buildings, cute cafes and quirky pubs. I am already excited to hopefully go back next year!

Results Day: One Year On

Today, in England, is A level results day. This means that this morning a whirlwind hit the lives of 18 year olds everywhere as they found out where they will be taking the next step of their journey and what that step may be. The fluttering hearts and clammy hands will have made their way into schools to grasp those ominous envelopes or shakily type those four life changing letters into the address bar… UCAS.

I know this because this time last year, that was me.

And once that envelope had been opened and those letters had been typed, the flood of pride hit. Because I think, that for me, that was the biggest emotion, with my teachers and peers gathered close. I was proud of what I had achieved, of all the hard work (and believe me, it was a lot of hard work) that I had put in over the last two years, it had all been worth it.

Even just thinking about that moment today I can feel that warm rush of pride wash over me.

Also the warm rush of champagne

Also the warm rush of champagne

It feels like a lifetime ago; because so much has changed. After I calmed down from the initial excitement, I realised what it actually meant. It meant that I had to move away from my family and friends, to a strange place, to live with strange people, to do a course completely different to any learning I had experienced before, and that terrified me.

I am so glad that I didn’t let that fear stop me from going to university because it has been the best thing that could’ve happened to me. The experience has made me become a lot stronger and more independent, I have learnt so much (and not just from my course) and most importantly met some amazing friends. I can honestly say there hasn’t been a time in my life where I have been happier.

Although yes, I miss my family, friends and boyfriend, yes I sometimes feel lonely and homesick and yes the work occasionally does feel impossible; but I know that I can cope, and not just cope, thrive. It also makes me realise how lucky I am that I have all these people to miss, just like the Winnie the Pooh quote says:

So to anyone reading who has collected their results today, I hope that they were what you were hoping for, if not then there are plenty of options so don’t worry. But most of all don’t be scared to do something that scares the crap out of you, university related or not.

Updates and fake apologies

Ok so clearly this blog isn’t really going anywhere, I didn’t really expect anything else, I forget about it for a few months then try to think of something to write about (usually that doesn’t get posted) and forget about it again. This is something I have grown to accept, I think I’m just the sort of person who goes through phases, trying to be all these different things. It probably also doesn’t help that I haven’t told anyone I know about this blog and would hate for anyone to find it just because of the cringe-factor.

So this isn’t an apology for not writing more regularly; it’s more of an acknowledgement that yeah I am a bit rubbish at this but that’s just me I guess.

Quick update:

I have passed first year of medical school (hooray!) and I’m now on a three month summer break (also hooray!). I am already being asked for answers to the medical problems of everyone I know and am quick to remind them that I literally know nothing of use yet. I can tell them all the properties of the different amino acids, but I’m not sure that is quite what they are looking for.

So far I have spent the first three weeks of summer watching Gossip Girl and reading (oh and also going to Turkey!). Currently I am reading the Book Thief, which has made me wonder why I have never expanded my reading genre before now, it is definitely a contender for my favourite book!

I have so many plans for the summer and I’m hoping that I get the chance to write about some of them here. But for now I will leave you with a picture of my new favourite drink from the cutest cafe near me; I was introduced to the iced caramel latte the other day by my friend and I think it is definitely going to be my summer drink of choice.

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