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What can we learn?

Well another day over and another day closer to going on holiday! Can’t wait! Finished packing today only to find I’m over the baggage limit so at least I know there’s one thing I need to do in the morning. That pretty much took up most of my day really so at 4 I settled down to watch an episode of Orange is the New Black – season 1 episode 9 to be exact. Still only half way through it but what struck me in the first half hour was when we saw young Alex being bullied by the girls in school for what she’s wearing.

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Breakfast menu

So as usual coming down to breakfast I decided not to have the usual toast etc but wanted something more substantial. That’s when I remembered my favourite recipe out of The Student Cookbook. This is a brilliant help for those of us who aren’t culinarily talented and trying to work with a budget. The pancakes I made today were lovely; warm and fresh with a little bit of lemon juice over them but you can try them any way you like. Somehow I always manage to make 10 though so there are some left over for a bedtime snack tonight and breakfast tomorrow. What’s your favourite breakfast treat?

Basic Pancake Recipe

ktkinnes x

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Morning thoughts

Mornings are always the time when I think most clearly it seems, whether it’s 2am or 10am. This morning when I woke I had another of those moments when you’re unsure as to what day it is or the time and that got me thinking – why do we care about what day it is? What makes a Tuesday slightly better than a Monday even if what you’re doing that day if the exact same? And if the sun is up and bright, should we not ignore our body clocks and get up with it?

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A good holiday read

Having talked TV, I started wondering “What books have I read recently that made me really think?” and I came up with one by Khaled Hosseini that I got for Christmas. It’s called And The Mountains Echoed (ISBN 978-1-4088-4243-0) and it starts in a way that I can’t quite explain. However, it drew me in in a way that I didn’t expect it to. The blurb is below, just in case any of you are interested in reading a bit about it. When I got this book, I read it in a week. Now while that used to be normal for me, it’s been years since I found a book that could interest me more than my night time texting sessions with my best friend, however Hosseini has this style of writing that makes you forget your surroundings and indulges your imagination. Starting with the tale of Abdullah and Pari, the story shows how our actions can affect the lives of those we never expected them to. One thing said or done can change what happens to the people we love and care about. Without giving it away, Hosseini chooses a character from the first chapter to follow in the second, then one from the second to carry on into the third. While the connection may not be clear at first, it soon is obvious who he has picked.

   Now I can understand to a lot of people this is not a book that immediately catches your eye and to be honest I wouldn’t have picked it if I hadn’t been bought it. During the time I was reading it, I was making some decisions myself. I’d recently received an offer from the University of Edinburgh to study Astrophysics. While I always knew I would prefer Glasgow and doubted whether Edinburgh would even consider giving me an offer, I was left unsure as to where to choose. As I began to consider my options, this book helped me realise that without my friends and family I would never have got this far and by choosing to move away for uni I would be cutting ties with a lot of them. I know that’s sort of the idea, you get to start being more independent and make something of yourself. But all my friends are staying here and most of them are doing the same course. That was when the real doubt started. However, I went with my gut instinct and have chosen Glasgow University. Hopefully that was the right decision but I’ll never know. But life decisions can be difficult. You don’t know what will happen or who you’ll affect.


But yeah, try the book 🙂 even if only to leave a comment about how wrong I am about it 🙂


Thanks for reading


ktkinnes x


“Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live in the small village of Shadbagh. To Abdulla, Pari – as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named – is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled.

One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.

Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, and how the choices we make resonate through history.”


TV Shows – Student Life

So I’m currently sitting here eating chilli heatwave doritos and watching Orange is the New Black which I’ve only recently started. I’m on episode 8 and really finding it intriguing 🙂 for those of you who aren’t sure what it’s about, to be honest I wasn’t when I started, the story follows the main character (who’s name I still haven’t caught if anyone wants to fill me in?) who’s been put in prison and her life there. Most of the fellow inmates are lesbians or bi which makes it quite funny in parts! In all honesty, it isn’t my all time favourite show that I can’t stand missing but it’s good enough to keep me wanting more. Even my dog watches it with me!

Since it’s summer and my first year of not having a clue about what’ll hit me in September, I’ve decided to try and watch a few new series over the next couple of months. My family and I recently started watching 24 from the start. Now that is a show I hate not getting to watch! It’s exciting, tense and there’s a new twist in every episode. Jack Bower, whilst not being my type, is a fantastic character and Kiefer Sutherland is brilliant at acting him. Personally I don’t like his wife in the series, she seems to be too annoying for me to warm to. Really, if you enjoy thrillers and action packed shows, this is a must see. I didn’t think I would enjoy it, having watched Spooks for years on BBC 1 (now that I certainly couldn’t and can’t live without) I thought 24 would be too American and not my style of viewing. However, they manage to perfectly balance the different parts of the storyline without confusing anyone.

I’m about to go on holiday for a while and dreading not seeing my favourite programmes but the sun and sand of Ibiza is calling to me. Unfortunately so are the galaxy bars in my fridge. Maybe in the future they’ll find a pill that lets us eat whatever we want without getting fat? Fingers crossed!

ktkinnes x