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Auchterhouse, Dundee – Christmas 2008

Tonight, we’re looking at “cold”. While I could’ve written about my delicious Citrus Crush recipe, I decided I’d at least start with a story about being cold.

Back in 2008, we travelled to Dundee to spend Christmas with my aunt, uncle and cousins. The only way I can remember the year was I had so much maths homework to do as revision for our January exams – it was horrible! Anyway, that’s not the point. We started out early in the morning – Mum, Dad, Granny, Rachel and me. Granny, Rachel and I were all crushed in the back seats of the car, surrounded by cases of heavy winter clothes and bags of presents. It was the first year Mum and Dad acknowledged that we no longer believed in Santa which made the journey slightly easier. We drove to the boat and sailed across the Irish Sea, playing card games and killing time by walking around the shop. It was so much more interesting when we were that age! 

After disembarking, we knew there was roughly a 3 hour journey ahead of us in our cramped car. The heating in the car was turned on full blast and we started driving. At some stage in the journey, the temperature reached around -12 degrees centigrade – that’s roughly 10 degrees Fahrenheit! It was freezing. No amount of heating could keep us warm. Then, to make the journey even better, the windscreen washers froze over and Dad couldn’t clean the windscreen to see properly. Eventually he gave in and had to open his driver’s side window, pour bottled water over the windscreen as best he could, and get the wipers going quickly before the fresh water froze too, all whilst trying to drive safely. This would’ve been fine except the open window at 70 miles per hour (~112kph) was causing quite a breeze in the back seat which was only improved by the onslaught of cold water that was being blown back into my face! We were never so happy to arrive somewhere as we were to arrive at the house that night. Definitely one of my coldest experiences to date.

We went on to have a great Christmas. That was the year I got my first ever Nintendo DSi and could finally play nintendogs along with all my friends. It was so exciting!
What’s the coldest you’ve ever been?
Ktkinnes xx

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Eugh. Sunday.

I love Sunday’s. The relaxation, the preparation for the week ahead, and the ever present desire to hide in bed for an eternity.

After a busy week of what felt like doing nothing, I’m exhausted. And I’ve somehow developed a cold. Monday was hectic, writing a presentation due in on Tuesday, and accompanied by a trip to the park. Tuesday then saw a day of shopping, spending money unnecessarily but it was fun. Wednesday came with a presentation in physics that I think went well, and then a fab night out with my new friends at lgbtq+. Thursday should’ve been a day of recovery except it was St. Patrick’s Day and so the drinking continued – the day ending with me attending my first ever ceilidh. Friday saw me tidying and beginning to get my life organised again before watching Freedom Writers, a fantastic film. My review can be found titled “Freedom Writers”. Saturday was super Saturday, 3 rugby matches and once again alcohol was consumed. With the cold I wasn’t drinking much and so it was fun to watch Nuala and Charlie get incredibly drunk.
I’m now currently in bed, dosed up with painkillers and cold and flu medicine, watching Criminal Minds and considering making a revision timetable. 37 days until the first exam!


Tonight’s plan is a quiet night in. Maybe a film with Mary. I’m heading home for a few weeks as of Tuesday so tomorrow will probably be spent packing along with meeting up with one of said lgbtq+ friends for coffee. Hopefully this week will be less hectic with a lot more sleep involved! Coughing stops me from sleeping…
Anyway, I’m going to go and pay attention to the tv. Remember, make the most of what’s left of your Sunday night freedom!

Ktkinnes xxx