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Hi again! Strange thing to post about but having just done it I would like to ask you all to consider signing up to donate marrow. You can look it up but think it’s the Anthony Nolan website or something? Have a look. All they ask is that you fill in a form and spit into a tube, it’ll only take 20 minutes max of your time!
Thanks

Ktkinnes xxx

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That festive feeling

It’s almost here! Christmas is almost upon us and I’m beginning to feel that festive feeling. With most of my Christmas presents decided on – and even some wrapping done! – I am beginning to turn my mind to December in general.

 

I bought my secret santa present a few weeks ago. I can’t tell you who it’s for just yet in case my flatmates come on to read this. But the present is wrapped and ready to be put under the tree when it goes up on Tuesday. Also fully finished is Rachel’s present. I bought it for her a while ago but bought the final piece yesterday. She’ll probably be mad at me for overspending on her but it’s one of the only chances I have to spoil her now. I couldn’t get her an outfit from Forever 21 which is where I had planned to go but I did get her a nice boxing day outfit if she wants to wear it then. To go with this is a new set of hat scarf and gloves, hand cream and a ‘Wreck this journal’ book from Waterstone’s – they’re pretty cool!

We ordered dad’s present yesterday, mum’s present arrived earlier in the week and I have decided that I will make potpourri for Aunty Judy to go along with their ‘night in’ kit I am making. Potpourri is surprisingly easy to make for christmas! All I use for each bag of it is 1 orange, 1 apple, 2 slices of lemon, a handful of cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks and some star anise. Bulk all this out with some nice pine cones and hey-presto you have a simple but nice gift!

 

I am listening to Christmas music and considering going to the shop to buy some wrapping paper even though I really ought to be revising… Maybe tomorrow I will start…

 

Anyway, that’s the brief update for today! Tomorrow is the last day of November and so I have 24 hours to contemplate the goals I set for myself this month and whether or not I achieved them… I’ll let you know!

 

Happy Holidays everyone!

Ktkinnes xxx

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Mockingjay Part 2

Hello lovely friends! Firstly I must apologise, it seems my Paris post only actually was posted tonight and not last week when I wrote it. Technology doesn’t like me.
It’s almost the end of the month already!! There’s so much stuff to do and I am beginning to panic a little. Retail therapy might be needed to resolve the stress…

My presentation went well I think, I didn’t hang around for long after it as I rushed out to complete my physics test. Got a third of my marks in it which isn’t bad considering the lack of revision put in there. I’m now working on a physics report about the Spitzer Space Telescope (any clues on it would be appreciated!) and have started revision. It’s not exactly easy to do when you’re exhausted a lot of the time.

Last night, technically this morning, Jason, Mary and I went to the midnight showing of the final part of the hunger games films. Considering I didn’t really enjoy the books I was curious about the film and having seen the other 3 parts I decided I should complete them. And this time it was brilliant. I absolutely adore Jennifer Lawrence and her performance was super. As for the rest of the cast, they did a fantastic job. Go and see it as soon as you can if you haven’t already! Let me know your opinions 🙂
Irish Dancing didn’t kill me as much this week but I’m kind of disappointed that it didn’t, feels like I haven’t had a work out. However my healthy living plan went completely out the window and I don’t want to even think about how much debt I’m currently in due to overspending… But after Christmas I will work on my money situation. I NEED A JOB! This is no longer working and the sooner I can get a job the better. Maybe with a job I’ll also get more work done…
I’m about to go to sleep considering it’s been a few late nights in a row and I am actually looking forward to my 9am class tomorrow. Goals for the weekend are to have completed my revision timetabled items, finished buying decorations, wash and iron the throws in the living room, and finally Hoover my bedroom! Doesn’t sound too bad does it? I didn’t think so either.

Night guys!

Ktkinnes xxx

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Paris

With all that’s happened and is still ongoing in Paris tonight I just wanted to thank you all for being there to read my blog or at least pretending to read. There’s so much hate in the world right now and I think there are times we all need to take a step back and realise what we have. 
Today one of my friends was in court due to a racist attack against her. It’s been a long year for her but justice was finally served. As we began celebrations, we heard about Paris and all the awful stuff happening. 
My thoughts are with all who are suffering tonight and if any of you have any friends or family in Paris then I hope they’re alright.
Stay strong

Ktkinnes xxx

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Hello and goodbye!

Finally finished preparation for my Fundamentals of Education seminar today! Haven’t revised for the physics class test which is on Wednesday and is actually important but will deal with that and the maths tomorrow… Which is technically today…. Oh dear I’m confused.
I just finished reading both The Diary of an Expectant Father and Shopping at Tesco. Would not recommend the former as it was just downright weird. However the latter was a quick read – 10 minutes maybe? 

Either way, I need sleep. May have to pull an all nighter tomorrow after Irish dancing (is it that time of the week again already?).
A brief heads up – I’m officially out to my parents now. Well I haven’t confirmed it but Rachel told them I’m a lesbian so technically I am officially out. Maybe this means I will relax enough on Wednesday night in Polo! 
Anyway, yes, sleep.
Will give you a proper chat soon!
Ktkinnes xxxx

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Penultimate Month of the Year

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Already we seem to have reached the penultimate month of the year. As the above picture says – this is the last month of autumn and the days are getting shorter and shorter. My flat mates would kill me if they knew but I am currently writing this instead of doing Maths Homework whilst listening to Christmas music. I promised I would wait until after Halloween!

October was insanely busy. It started with a trip to see Miss You Already in the cinema and I loved it. Honestly, if it’s still out then you have to go see it. Mary and I went to the cinema together to watch it and we doubt there were many dry eyes in the room by the end of it. Definitely on my must see again list. The next day I had an interview at Build A Bear. Whilst this wasn’t successful, I still got an interesting experience and hopefully I will do better at the next interview! If and when there ever is one…  Mary managed to break her wrist before we were even a full week into the month and this resulted in a flat trip to A&E, great fun! There was then the pub quiz which our team managed to come second last in… We will be better! Then there was the unfortunate night of Risk… 5 and a half hours of the game before we surrendered. Technically Jason didn’t win if we gave in before the end, right? Speaking of Jason, Nuala was bored and decided to put chilli powder in all his food for dinner one night – it was hilarious! He didn’t think so at the time but has since been able to laugh about it with us. The following week was a busy one, with a night out at the Wine Society (2 and a half bottles of wine for £10!!) which officially killed my Sober October…. I started Irish Dancing and found I really enjoy it! Then there was the night out with GULGBTQ+ in Glasgow which was brilliant – I ended up going to Dundee that weekend to recover with family. The following weekend had my cousin come to stay for a night to experience university life before he sits his Advanced Highers in May. This last week was busy with Rachel arriving on Thursday and staying here for a while and to round off the month we hosted a Halloween Party last night – not sure I’ve sobered up yet! October went extremely quickly and I’m sure November will too.

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From these stories I’m sure you are well aware that my Sober October goal for the month was slaughtered at an early stage. Similarly, I wasn’t the best at writing up notes for lectures… Or for going to lectures…. I need to fix this. There’s only 4 more weeks of lectures!!! Not sure how I feel about that… Going to the gym once a week also died… however I substituted the gym with Irish dancing. Reading a book and 3 newspapers was half fulfilled. I have 2 chapters left of my book and so I plan on finishing that tomorrow. Another destroyed goal was sleeping and as a result I got sick. Is there any surprise though? I’m sure you all knew this months’ goals would not be met and so for November I am going to set slightly more reasonable goals. Not sure if the idea is to make them easy to achieve but here goes:

  • Read one book. Any book. I have so many on my kindle that really I have no excuse.
  • Start revision. And not the ‘oh yes, I made a revision plan and sorted my folders’ type of revision but properly focusing on the things I need to learn and understand for exams and class tests. I need to do well this year and this means accepting that something will have to suffer. This year I will reduce my Netflix viewings and actually work.
  • To continue the theme, I will attempt to make it to either the gym or Irish Dancing once a week for the next month. It’s only an hour of my life, it’s not exactly a big ask. Plus it is enjoyable!
  • SLEEP MORE! This one is the most important (she says as the clock nears midnight). Tonight excluded, I will try to sleep earlier and for longer this month. I can’t look exhausted when I finally see Mum and Dad again. Anyone know any tricks to force yourself to go to bed earlier?
  • Spend as much time studying as browsing the internet or watching tv online. This kind of goes along side revising but I waste so much time on the internet on either my phone, laptop or kindle. It’s not good for my posture, my eyes or my work ethic. In fact, once this post is finished, I will return to my maths homework.

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The upcoming week looks busy with tomorrow bringing a flat dinner and box fit, Tuesday bringing Irish Dancing, Wednesday is a flat night out to see fireworks, thursday brings another flat dinner and then Friday is a friend’s birthday! It’ll be busy but in there I also have 4 sets of tutorial questions to do, 2 webassign assignments, a seminar paper and presentation to write, seminar reading to do, and revision for a class test. This is all before starting essays due for Physics too. Not sure how well this will go with the sleep goal but we shall see!

Night!

Ktkinnes xxx

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