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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!


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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Getting bored

Everyone gets bored at some stage, don’t deny it. In fact that’s maybe why some of you joined WordPress to begin with as so many forums suggest that starting a blog might be a way to combat your boredom. Well this morning I am bored of my breakfast. For almost 2 weeks now it has been the same: 

  • Half an apple
  • 100ml of natural yoghurt
  • 25g pumpkin seeds

I’ve enjoyed the flavour and I don’t mind making it but I am so so bored of it. However until this week’s shopping budget runs out, I’m stuck with it. No one is making me eat it but I can’t bring myself to have toast for breakfast anymore. This at least fills me up and does from 7:30 until 1:30 when I get lunch. Toast wouldn’t do that. 
So basically I’m here to ask for advice – what should I have instead? Thanks in advance!
Ktkinnes xxx

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First Day Jitters

September 21st, the first day back to lectures. I decided against a post last night as I ended up in bed by 9pm…

This morning I got up at 7 for the first time in months! I knew I had to do it and so positive thoughts made it possible to ignore the urges to go back to bed. With dishes washed and dried, I was ready 10 minutes early and felt ready to seize the day.

Maths was interesting. We have 2 different maths lecturers this semester and today’s was actually a good lecturer! Originally from Germany, his accent was easy to listen to and he didn’t try too hard to be funny. Shame we don’t have him again until next Monday… It was mainly just a revision class on Vectors but at least it was something to get us back into the swing of things. Leaving the lecture, I was in a great mood!

After an hour of lounging around the library… Sorry “revising” in the library…. I headed to my first ever Fundamentals of Education lecture. It was brilliant. If I’d had the chance to do it last year I definitely would’ve done it! I’ve already started my reading for next week – we’re going to be covering 8th/7th Century BC education! Can’t wait for the second lecture tomorrow!

Physics was depressing. I couldn’t stand it. Getting home was by far the best thing.
However tonight had 2 new experiences. Firstly, I made these brilliant Pitta Pizzas were I made the pizza sauce from scratch (recipe coming tomorrow) and then Nuala persuaded me to go to the Come Dine With Me society after dinner. I can’t wait for the next meeting!
The list of things to do is slowly decreasing. I set up the printer, did a bit of tidying, put on a wash, and ate reasonably healthy today! Not bad for one day’s work. But now I am retiring to bed, speak soon!
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.

The rugby was fantastic – Ireland beat Canada 50 to 7. I didn’t used to like rugby but over the last year I’ve started to get more into it. Today I sat in my room to watch the team play the best they’ve played in a long time. Needless to say I wasn’t a very quiet viewer!

After this, I decided to catch up on Greys Anatomy. I am now up to date and crushed by the emotion of the last few episodes. As basically the whole world knows, Derek died a few episodes before the end of the season. I had caught up on this episode last week and it took me a week to bring myself to watch the aftermath. As a result, I am now sobbing in my bed and wondering why Shonda loves to hurt us so much. Not only did I have to hurt over Derek but my favourite couples are splitting up and it’s just too much to handle.

I need to go, flat meeting apparently.

Speak soon!
Ktkinnes xxx

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Should I get up?

Don’t go to the pub to watch a rugby match… Last night after a semi successful flat dinner (8-10 minutes in the oven wasn’t long enough when it’s fully reheating) we walked the less than 5 minutes to our nearest pub to watch England stuff Fiji.

This was a great plan until I decided to drink beer! Beer goes to my head faster than any other alcohol and so after 2 pints I was on my way to being drunk. Holding out until the end of the match, I then slowly made my way back to the flat with a portion of cheesy chips and collapsed into bed after eating them. This was bliss! Until the other flatmates got back at 12:30am… Definite I couldn’t be asleep yet, they had no volume control. After I got up and went to join them, they fell asleep on the sofas in the living room – I don’t think I’ll be seeing them until after lunch today! 

It seems like a waste of a day but I am currently lying in bed debating whether or not to get up. I got up at 9 and put the heating on but now I’m comfy and warm and unsure of whether it would be worth it if I got out of bed… What do you think?
Ktkinnes xxx