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Already?

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” target=”_blank”>October’s here? Already? Seems like only yesterday I was writing Wake Me Up… to mark the start of September.

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It was a busy month to be honest. Between organising to move away and tidying Tom’s house, the first week passed very quickly. Mum was off work that week to help so it was a different week. We went shopping for Rachel’s birthday present and took trips around the place. I then saw Katie for what’ll probably be the last time, I doubt after this amount of time she’ll actually still want to be friends. I got my resit results and had a few very busy days trying to sort out getting back to university. I eventually got it sorted and moved into my new flat! After a flat dinner, my friends threw a surprise party for my birthday so I met up with everyone for the first time in ages. A couple of days later I met up with Granny to have dinner, first trip to the city centre in ages! Rachel’s birthday came and with it was a trip to Ikea – best day ever. I joined a few different clubs, attended a few lectures and then went to a new exercise class. Today, to finish the month, Paul came around for the first time and Jason and I are going to GULGBTQ+ tonight. So yeah, it has been a busy month!

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September’s goals? I actually read the 2 books! First time I have successfully achieved my reading goals. I also made it to the gym twice! And with paying £100 for a year’s membership I will have to be sure to use it. One of the classes, Box Fit, is on twice a week and we go as a group of either 4 or 7. It’s great fun and I hope to keep going for the foreseeable future. I went on Monday night and am still sore so there’s the motivation to keep going – the more frequent the less pain. Okay so I might not have managed to make it to all my lectures… I didn’t go to the induction lectures or a Physics lecture… But I have managed to make notes on every lecture! This is a slight bonus, at least it means I have fewer notes to make for the Christmas exams. Saving money hasn’t exactly gone well either but we are working on it. Even if it’s just 50p a month, it’s better than nothing. I have set up a budget and am working hard to stick to it. Oddly enough, I managed to catch up on most tv shows!

Goals for this month? I’m not 100% sure what to do. For starters:

  • Go to lectures and write up any notes I take in them. If I can keep on top of the notes, I can possibly be better prepared for homeworks and exams.
  • Make it to the gym once a week either for a class or personal workouts. Any weightloss is secondary to the happiness felt at the end of the class. Who knew it could actually be fun?
  • Read at least 1 book and 3 newspapers in the month. And no, today’s paper doesn’t count. The book will be Diary of an Expectant Father and I’ll let you know how it goes.
  • Successfully do Sober October – I’m starting today (a day early) so that I can drink on Halloween. Cheating I know but it’s necessary.
  • Finally, actually get proper sleeps. I need to sleep to stay fit and so far this is working. Fingers crossed for the rest of the month!

Well, that’s about it for today. I’m away to make a risotto for dinner but probably just going to put peas in it. Speak soon!

october

Ktkinnes xxx

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Another Monday draws to a close, it hasn’t been too unsuccessful!
Maths tutorial this morning I actually made friends with people! That may sound pathetic but I find it really difficult to make friends and so this was quite a big achievement. Also that fact that I even made it to that 9am lecture was a success! I didn’t get to sleep until after midnight last night due to yet more creepy criminal minds episodes.

It felt good to be in a tutorial where talking and working in groups was advised. Last year we were expected to sit in silence and listen to the tutor go through questions and how to do them. This year we can still ask for help on how to do questions but they strongly advise working in groups to go through each question first. 
Fundamentals of Education was good. I love the subject. Somehow I always leave the lectures with a smile on my face and it means I’m ready for whatever Physics decides to throw at me that day. Today in fundamentals, we were learning about Sparta and the education system in 6BC. It was interesting and I felt like I was actually learning something. A potential essay question perhaps? Who knows! Will have to see how I feel about the Athens part of the course next week.
This of course lead to Physics and today was especially boring. I think they forget that a prerequisite for Physics 2 is Maths 1 in which we learnt the difference between whole numbers, natural numbers, complex numbers and imaginary numbers – yes there is such a thing apparently! All those times your high school teacher said something like “You can’t find the square root of a negative number!” He/she was wrong – go look it up! Well today was a dull lecture but instead of doing something practical I played on my phone.
Home for lunch and I can safely say the eating healthy plan is screwed. However I did counter it by going to box fit! 45 minutes of hell and I know I’m going to be in a lot of pain tomorrow morning but it was great and right now I feel optimistic about life. Optimistic and ready to sleep! Kind of hoping that there’s something I can do tonight that isn’t notes or watch tv because this is becoming repetitive. However if I write notes today it gives me more time tomorrow… I don’t know, we’ll figure it out after my shower.
Hope you all have a productive day!
Ktkinnes xxx

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The Longest Day

Today seems to have lasted a lifetime. Having woken at 9 and finally got out of bed at 12, I did think it would be a short day and I would run out of time for everything that I wanted to do. However, 3 episodes of Greys Anatomy and a rugby match later, I am an emotional wreck.

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Tomato and Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake

Hello!

Today I decided to make a dinner for the whole flat, so once again I was experimenting with gluten free cooking! After an early start to wish my darling sister a happy birthday, I got ready to start cooking.
With one flatmate needing gluten free food and another refusing to eat anything with tomatoes near it (out goes any lasagne, chilli, tomato soups…) I had to combine a few recipes. Here’s what I did, I think it will serve 6-8 portions:

Ingredients:

  • 500g chopped chicken breasts
  • 4 rashers bacon chopped
  • 285g pasta (gluten free in my case but use whatever)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper sliced
  • 150g mushrooms chopped
  • 250g chopped tomatoes (shh don’t tell Jason)
  • 100g grated cheese
  • 25g butter
  • 1tbsp plain flour (again gluten free)
  • 200ml milk
  • 250g asparagus chopped
  • Handful ofmangetout cut in half.
  • Basil for on top when serving

Method:

  • Cook your pasta as instructed on the packaging and drain.
  • While that’s cooking, brown the chicken in a pan then add the bacon.
  • Once the bacon is browned, add the onion and garlic.
  • When the onion is see through, add the rest of the vegetables and cook until soft.
  • In a separate pot, melt the butter with the flour and mix.
  • On a medium heat, add the milk and whisk until thick and smooth then remove from the heat.
  • Add around two thirds of the cheese to the milk mix, and stir well.
  • Pour everything together into a large bowl and add the chopped tomatoes at this point. 
  • Mix together well and pour into an oven dish before sprinkling with the remaining cheese.
  • Cook in the oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve with some black pepper and basil

Fingers crossed they all like it!
Ktkinnes xxx