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Month 4

Okay yet another month has passed too quickly. Will 2017 ever slow down?

 

March was busy as heck, especially considering I didn’t start the month in Glasgow. I woke up on the 1st of March really early to travel to Aberdeen with my family for Rachel’s university interview. I the spent the next day with Jordanne, and then the weekend was spent socialising between drinks in the flat, a friend’s 21st birthday party, and then I hosted a murder mystery night on the Sunday! Now that was a fun night, with an awful lot of cooking. The following week saw me have lunch with Jordanne and the little guy, more drinks in the flat with friends (and a very drunk emotional night), a trip to the union to watch rugby, and a day of blogging. After all that, we had a friend come visit from the states so we had a group reunion on the Tuesday night for steaks and a bit of fun, followed by Rachel arriving over on the Wednesday. She had another interview on the Thursday so we travelled to Paisley, before flying home that night. The next day we were off to Lanzarote! You can read all about that here. Before long, we were headed back to the UK – Rachel to Belfast, and me to Glasgow. I then had a test on the 21st, dinner with Jordanne on the 23rd, and then on the 29th I travelled down to Southampton for Mary’s 21st birthday.

 

So now that we’re into April, I’m off for a few weeks of the month for Easter! Well, I say off. I have exams to study for, and a lot of family time. Not a great combination to be honest. But we’re going to work through it. Exams start officially on the 24th April so I’ll be travelling to Glasgow again on the 19th. Also need to start viewing flats and organising me moving out of this flat. So much to do!

 

Last month, I set the goals below. How do you think I got on?

  1. Read one book.
    Well actually I read 3! The brilliance of a weekend away in the sun means that you can spend a while reading. I read The Twelfth Day Of July, Where She Went and Melancholy Mind.
  2. Save some money.
    Well I didn’t exactly do too well here. There was the murder mystery night, meals out, my mini-break… However, I didn’t waste money on coffee, I didn’t do any online shopping, and I saved a heck of a lot of money simply by taking part in our Lent challenge within the flat!
  3. Post at least once a week on here.
    This one went really well. I actually managed to stick to my original planned schedule of Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday! Four posts a week isn’t too bad considering I’m at uni 5 days a week.

 

So can we count that as 2 and a half out of three? This month I’ve got a few more goals lined up so let’s take a look at them:

 

  1. Revise for at least 2 hours a day.
  2. Read one book
  3. Post once a week here.
  4. Put more effort into my Instagram.

 

So there we have the goals for this month. What are your goals for April?

 

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Another month goes by

And here we are on May 1st. Feels like only a week ago that we welcomed in the new year and here we are starting the 5th month of the year.

Home for the first 2 weeks of April, it’s little surprise that April passed by in a flash. My first 3 days back were spent mixing socialising with revision. We then had our day of summer on the 20th, spent sunbathing and out for dinner and having a very relaxing time. A couple of days later, I saw The Jungle Book in IMAX 3D – definitely recommended. Less than a week later, I sat my first exam of this exam season. Fingers are crossed that I did enough to pass it! The rest of the month was spent on revision and watching TV. 

How did your goals go? Well let’s take a look! Did I read a book? Yes. The Freedom Writer’s Diary. Check out my review on it here! Or if you really don’t have time to, all I will say is read it. Go. Now. What are you still doing here? I’m joking of course. 

Revision and day routine? Sort of. I’ve been able to cover my planned revision each day but I never actually planned my days. However I suppose the main thing to take away from this is I am actually revising! Again, it’ll probably be June before I hear anything about grades and who knows how it’ll work out.

Exercise? No. Irish dancing hasn’t been on and I lack the motivation to get up and go out. What doesn’t help is the revision snacking. I want to eat more because I’m bored. And that may be fine if it was fruit or vegetables or whatever. Except I’m also drinking a lot of sugary drinks. But I’ll fix it. Soon. 

I also didn’t do too badly on the Photo A Day Challenge! Did you enjoy it?
This month is hopefully going to be one to remember. Kelsey arrives a week on Wednesday so we’ll be having an exciting week! Except before she leaves, I have 2 exams to sit. After she leaves, we have a week before we go to Paris! Booked it today. We’re spending 4 days in the city, 2 of which will be spent in Disneyland’s 2 parks – I’ve never been before and I am so so so excited. You have no idea. So to take all this into consideration, I need to think about my goals this month:

  • Read a book. Once again I want to read at least 1. My book to finish this month is Carol by Patricia Highsmith. 
  • Continue to revise. For obvious reasons this is an important one to continue.
  • Make the most of my last month in Glasgow. The likelihood is I will be spending the summer months in Northern Ireland. And for this reason, I need to start looking at jobs.

So there we have it for this month. I’ve spent too much time watching The West Wing recently, however I’m finally onto the last season. It’ll be interesting to see where it all goes this season. The main reason I’m watching is for Josh and Donna. Hopefully this clip doesn’t contain any spoilers but it ripped my heart out and tore it to pieces. These two are my favourite characters. There’s no relationship between them except for the professional relationship introduced in season 1 episode 1.

And to finish on a happier note, here’s a video I’d like to share with you of Sam Smith in concert last year.

Goodnight everyone, sweet dreams, and aspire to follow every opportunity presented to you this month.
Ktkinnes xx

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Final day of the challenge

Tonight brings an end to the Photo A Day challenge for April. It’s been interesting to try and think about what to post each day (or as close to each day). 

It wouldn’t be complete without me posting yesterday’s picture late though, would it? So here we go:
Circle


Back in fresher’s week 2015, back when I thought uni would be simple – ha!, we went to the traffic light party. Green dots for single, red for in a relationship, purple for lgbtq+. Nice and simple. Here we are trying to make a circle with our fists.
Something that makes you sad

A bit of a cheat but 3 years ago today one of my friends showed me this video. It makes me sad that we have to portray life this way for people to understand.

Ktkinnes xx

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1pm


Today at 1pm, I was watching The West Wing and enjoying a day of no revision. As the countdown above shows, I have 12 days until my next exams so I’m taking today to regroup and will start again tomorrow. 
Short and sweet yesterday and today, sorry. I’ll write for longer sometime soon!
Hope you’re all well
Ktkinnes xx

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Somewhere you’ve been

San Antonio, Ibiza. Been once, never again. Not my type of place.

Ktkinnes xx

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Looking down and black and white

Okay, I admit I am useless. Can never do what I plan on doing. 

Yesterday’s photo a day April was “Looking Down” which left me with a few decisions to make. Here are my choices of looking down photos:

Taken back in 2013, this photo is one I took of looking down off the Empire State Building. When I went on a school trip to New York, Phillidelphia, and Washington D.C. we went to the top of the Empire State Builfing on one of the nights. Now, I’m not great with heights. It’s not the fact that I’m up high, it’s the fear of falling the distance off! So to get this picture was actually quite an achievement for me. I think this is of the road outside Macey’s. While we were up and looking down, someone noticed multiple fire engines pulling up outside the shop, not something we expected to see. 

To another holiday, this was taken on our way to the top of Ibiza Town. During our day on the beach in Santa Eulalia, we noticed a cruise ship that had a helicopter taking off and landing on it. This was the afore mentioned ship – it was “parked” (this isn’t right but I can’t think of the word I mean, sorry) in Ibiza Town.
Black and White

Now for today’s post! Better do it while I remember.

Last year, Mary and I went with a couple of other friends to Edinburgh Zoo. The highlight of my day was the Penguin Parade. Look how close I was to a penguin! They would be my favourite non-pet animal/bird. The nice thing about the Penguin Parade is the Penguins aren’t forced to parade. At the start of the parade, the gates to their enclosure are opened and the Penguins are free to stay if they wish. Considering the main reason I went to the zoo was to see the parade, I was so happy that a few of them decided to be curious. If ever you’re in Scotland and looking for something to do, I would seriously recommend going to the zoo simply to witness this.


A photo I took of the Capitol Building in Washington DC – it was a glorious day outside and I got this picture while we waited for the teachers to catch up with us. With my current addiction to The West Wing, I am very proud of the fact I actually got to go to America.
Ktkinnes xx

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Playing catch-up

Many uni students hear of someone playing catch-up and shudder but thankfully I don’t mean it in that sense today!

I’m playing catch-up because, as seems to be normal for me, I forgot to post the last few days’ posts. Not much of a Photo A Day challenge if you forget to post daily! 


The last thing you bought – 22nd

Friday as a good day in the end. I had a horrible day of revision and was beginning to feel rather disappointed in myself when I received an invite to a friend’s flat for dinner. After dinner, we went to see The Jungle Book at the IMAX cinema near us. This is the last thing I bought that day:


It was a great film. Not sure if I loved it because I loved the idea of it or if I genuinely really enjoyed the film. IMAX made it all the better, having never seen a film in IMAX before. Add in the fact it was in 3D and you might understand why I was so happy to sit there and watch.
Vegetable – 23rd

This is a strange one, probably why I missed it on Saturday. I mean, how can you write about a vegetable? So here’s one I liked:

Something you’re grateful for – 24th

Now this I can write about for a while. At this point, I’d like to redirect you to Someone who makes you happy, a post I wrote on the 4th day of this challenge. However, as that’s a bit of a cheat, here’s something I’m grateful for – being alive and able to see this glorious sunset last night.


It doesn’t look like much in the picture but a friend needed an escape for a while yesterday so we drove to Cathkin Braes. We got there just on time to watch the sun set and chatted for a while. Whenever I see something like this, I am reminded of how small and insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things. Our lives can feel like they’re falling apart, and yet the sun will continue to rise and set, bringing hope for the new day. 
I will write today’s later. For now I need to get back to revision. I swear, I wish these exams were over but at the same time I want to backtrack to January/February – where has the time gone??
Ktkinnes xx

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Bottle

As with all students, we always seem to have empty beer and wine bottles rolling around the flat. Whether they’re in their designated bottle recycling bag in the kitchen, a bedroom, bathroom or in the hallway, there are always quite a few.
In our attempt to make the flat more homely, I was trying to think of a way to use these bottles for something useful. In the end, I resorted to wrapping 2 bottles in washi tape and placing a rechargeable bottle light in it to make some lovely unique lamps!

   
 
Instead of the bottle lights, you could use fairy lights or something! How would you use these bottles in your house/flat/apartment? 
Ktkinnes xx

  

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Something I drew…

20th April – almost at the end!

Today was glorious. 19 degrees centigrade, clear blue skies, and no lectures to attend! This of course resulted in me sunbathing and inevitably burning my shoulders as always. I swear I will remember sun cream when we go to Paris next month.

 

Me enjoying the sun today
 
Today’s theme (technically yesterday’s theme but shh) is something I drew and so, at this stage in the year, I felt it appropriate to show off one of my doodles from the beginning of the year.  

 
This little turtle sits in the bottom left hand corner of my To Do list that I made. Every day I write on post it notes anything I want to get done and as I check them off the list, the post it goes in the bin! Simple but effective. I think he’s rather cute, don’t you?

  

Ktkinnes xx

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The Color Orange

Hello all,
I’m half an hour late posting this, sorry! Tonight’s theme is Orange and while thinking about what to say, I came across this blog post. I really liked it and thought I would reblog it for you all to read. Remember, we all appreciate word of mouth or reblogs or whatever!

Ktkinnes xx