this is a first…

Yes folks, FINALLY, I am back at university. As you will have seen from one of my most recent posts, I am very happy & settled in my new place.

Lectures haven’t started yet so this time is all about getting those bits of life admin done like buying a gym membership & figuring out the best route from your house to uni.

As well as all the usual bits and bobs I have had a few new experiences this past week that I wanted to share with you all. Some are bigger than others but I like to think of them all as little milestones that mark me getting back into the normality of uni life.

I bought a bike. Like a lot of university campuses, mine doesn’t really have any student parking available & because I am living a little further away than I was in second year I decided to invest in a bike. When I say invest, I spent 25 pounds on a bike from Gumtree, but it works fine and I haven’t had any problems (TOUCH WOOD)

I moved into a house with my best friend and it is every bit as fun as you would imagine it to be. Sian offered me a glass of prosecco at 9 in the morning (I turned it down) & we ate Wagamamas in our PJS whilst watching Naked Attraction (the weirdest show ever). I have put loads of pictures of us up in the house which makes it look like we are a couple but much to our boyfriends dismay we totally don’t care.

I went to my first ab class and it was quite the experience. According to the instructor, for long-legged people like myself ab exercise are a lot harder. I had always thought I had alright ab muscles but turns out when you do 30 minutes of hardcore abs, you may have to reevaluate that. To give you picture of how I feel a day after the class – I sneezed earlier and I almost cried!

The rest of my week has consisted of getting out library books and trying to make coherent notes / discovering new coffee shops that sell the most amazing brownies / catching up with friends / going for lunch at our local pub / showing my dad around my new place / seeing ‘Sausage Party’ at the cinema which is the weirdest flipping film AND finishing the first season of ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

 

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What a week! What have you done this week that has been a first for you – I’d love to hear about it!

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links i have been clicking

i love knowing what other people have been reading & i often find some of my favourite websites through the recommendation of others. i was inspired by emma gannon’s newsletter that always features the interesting articles she has read that week.

so here are some of the links i have been clicking, the articles i have been reading & the spaces of the internet i have been enjoying.

 

 

have a good week, love from me and this cute pup

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Home Sweet Home

This week I moved back to university & it has got me feeling all reflective. After a very testing year it feels so good to be back to the familiar territory of uni life. Whilst wandering home from town I starting typing away on my phone & ended up with something that half resembles a poem. As I said, these are just the ramblings from my mind, living up to the name of my blog!

The sense of being home.

Evenings are still warm & sunny, people are outside with coffees or cocktails,

soaking up the atmosphere,

of a city winding down for the evening.

I wander around my new neighbourhood 

& stumble across hidden parks & little villages

I never knew existed.

Restaurants & cafes with friends,

I haven’t seen in far too long.

Discussing future plans and reminiscing about years that are gone. 

My house feels cosy & warm. 

My heart feels settled & calm.

Whilst last year taught me more than I ever imagined,

it really is quite nice to be home.

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a visual representation of how i feel right now, courtesy of pinterest

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feeling all autumnal

I am so ready for autumn now that it is September (I am actually writing this on the first of the month – so in all honesty I have been ready for Autumn for a couple of weeks).

In case you are not quite in the autumnal spirit yet I have collated some inspiration from my pinterest board (you can follow me here).

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon” ~ Sarah Addison Allen

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns” ~ George Eliot

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ~ Lauren DeStefano

what’s your favourite thing about Autumn?

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what i am taking to uni 

As my return to uni approaches I am now being faced with the dull task of packing most of what I own and carting it across the country. To make it a little more appealing I thought I would write a post going through a couple of the non-essentials I take to uni with me.

Quick disclaimer: I’ve included a random mix of things in the post to show the variety of things I bring & why. I’m not saying you need these, they’re just some of the items that over the years I have learned help me out the most.

beauty products

Being in lectures/the library all day can make you feel pretty gross so I always make sure I have a selection of my fav products so that I can pamper myself every once in a while. Having a hot bath/shower does wonders for the soul & taking a little extra time to apply a face mask or massage your skin really can make a difference.

 

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body shop peach body scrub (not available online) / lush cup o’ coffee face & body mask / rituals shanti chakra body oil

duvet + cute bedding

Most first year halls lull you into a false sense of security that wherever you are studying isn’t that cold. Then you move into your own flat & you pay bills & you realise that you can’t afford to have the heating on 24/7 & wherever you live is FREEZING. This year I refuse to wake up with icicles for toes so I have invested in a snuggly blanket (TK Maxx have great deals) & a 12 tog duvet to keep me cosy. Having cute bedding isn’t essential but it can help make a house a home.

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duvet cover set from IKEA 

My eeyore cushion is own of my prized possessions. Not only is it adorable but lying in bed & stroking it’s ears has been scientifically proven to calm you down when you’re stressing. Okay so it hasn’t been scientifically proven but it works for me and that’s good enough.

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from the disney store – not available but here is something similar

ukulele

I’ve been playing guitar for years but I recently picked up a ukulele & began to teach myself. I use music as a way to help unwind and quieten my mind when there’s too much going on up there. So this little fella plus my trusty guitar are coming with me.

i got this one from amazon for £2o

wall art 

Student houses have a reputation for being a bit drab so I like to brighten up my walls to make it feel more homely. Throughout the summer I have been picking up interesting postcards on my travels & cutting things out of magazines. I’m going to pair these with photos I’ve taken (go to truprints as they are offering 100 prints for £1 at the moment & 75 prints free if you’re a new customer! ps not spon just like good deals 4 u) & make my walls look pretty!

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eye mask

Living in a city means you get a lot of unnatural light at night from things such as street lamps. This eye mask has been my saving grace & it means I look fab even when I sleep (lol).

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eye mask from urban outfitters (not available anymore)


What are your uni non-essentials? Is there anything I have missed?

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fears of final year

In a few short weeks I will be back in the full swing of university life for my final year of education! (screams internally, freaks out about the future, implodes … ).

After a year off from education I am very nervous about being back in an environment that has contributed to my anxiety over the years. By this I mean, I am one of those people that puts an insane amount of pressure on themselves when it comes to academia. I spend hours stressing over essays and exams and even more hours staying up at night worrying about it all. So that is my first fear. That I won’t be able to keep a handle on my anxiety as soon as I am given a deadline.

I am also out of practice. I haven’t written in essay in almost a year and I have this completely irrational fear that I have forgotten how to string a sentence together. Obviously I have been writing this blog during my year off so I can clearly still write comprehensively. I have also tried to keep up with my dissertation research whilst I’ve been away from uni so I haven’t exactly been slacking during this year. Therefore, I really need to just CHILL.

I feel like I have the usual fears that everyone has about their final year of university – the workload, the pressure, the desperate need to enjoy every minute because it will all be different when we are in the working world and the terrifying prospect of being in the working world!! On top of this I am even more anxious because of the things I have talked about earlier.

So this blog post is as much as a reminder to myself than for anyone – it will all be okay. I have come a long way from the girl I was a year ago, as cliched as that sounds, it’s true.

I’ll make a deal with you guys – if you keep me chilled by sending me pictures of cute puppies at regular intervals I promise to try and be as helpful to you as I possibly can.

In the words of High School Musical … we are all in this together!

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my first time at the fringe

I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend a bank holiday weekend than laughing.

Every year Edinburgh holds festivals that celebrate music, theatre, dance, comedy, books and art. I have wanted to go for several years and since becoming quite obsessed with podcasts hosted by comedians I have been itching to get up to see them perform. Therefore, I jumped at the chance to go to Edinburgh with Cam & his parents for the bank holiday weekend.

I haven’t been to Edinburgh since I was ten and I had forgotten how beautiful it was as a city. It is thriving with culture, history & some of the friendliest people in the country. I will admit that I had a fleeting thought about moving to Edinburgh when we arrived, similar to the feeling I had when we went to Dublin. However, I won’t bang on too much about the city itself as what I really want to talk about is the comedy we saw.

The Fringe Festival is very budget friendly as most tickets are under £20 and there are loads of shows that are free to see as well. We did a mixture of the two as Cam’s mum had organised tickets for 2 shows on our first and last nights in the city.

Joe Stilgoe

Whilst technically not a comedy show, they definitely incorporated it into this evening of jazzy renditions of some of the most famous songs from film. If Joe & his band ever happen to be in a town near you – go and see them! Their versions of songs were energetic, fun, creative and Joe has a voice like velvet!

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Buffering: Amanda & Madi

This was the only show Cam & I saw that drew us in purely from being given a flyer on the street (something that happens at least 20 times a day during the festival – keep them, they make great souvenirs/decorations). These two young ladies performed a mix of experimental comedy, spoken word, stand up & sketches that comment on society. Whilst the crowd was fairly small they did an excellent job at keeping us engaged & it was a very funny show.

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Boy Girl Brain: Jack Campbell 

This stand up was recommended to me by a friend & I am glad I took her word & saw the show. This guy is definitely one to watch as he was very funny & quick witted. Check him out if you get the chance.

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Compared to What: Stuart Goldsmith

This was my favourite show that I saw as I am a huge fan of Stuart’s podcast The Comedian’s Comedian. He was even funnier than I expected him to be and his show was just brilliant. Go and buy tickets to see him immediately!

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Newsrevue

Imagine popular songs with lyrics changed to reflect the news plus hilarious skits & questionable costumes. This was such a fun, energetic show that had the audience laughing through the whole hour. The show currently runs at the Canal Cafe Theatre in London so if you are looking for something to see, this is my recommendation.

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After an amazing couple of days watching some fabulous comics and taken in the beautiful city, it is set in my mind that I will be going to the Fringe for years to come.

Did you go to the Fringe this year? Who are your favorite comedians?

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