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My anti-anti-bucket list

And once again we find ourselves looking at a Wednesday morning. Only 3 more hours until we’re officially half way through the working week! The more I think about it, the more I’m ready for the weekend again. With another night out again tonight (and many advance apologies to my snapchat friends) I’m not looking forward to tomorrow morning. 

 

Anyway, enough about today, and on to today’s post! Anyone who read all of last week’s posts – and if you didn’t, why not? – will know that last week I guest posted on Jade’s blog over at simpleyjadey.co.uk with the topic of My Anti-Bucket list, a list of things I hope not to do in my lifetime. So today, a week later, I thought I would share my bucket list with you! Sounds interesting, right?

 

  1. Become a teacher. It’s all I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember and it’s so close but yet so far!
  2. Go to a Christmas Market on the continent. I don’t overly mind which one, but I’ve heard the Christmas Markets on the mainland of Europe are fantastic and so, being obsessed with the festive season, I really want to go!
  3. Have a holiday home in Ibiza. Yes, my love of Ibiza has spread even to here. When asked why I love it so much, I still can’t give an exact answer. But surely that’s a good thing? If you’ve never been, I definitely recommend Santa Eulalia. Just saying.
  4. Visit Florida. Not really sure why this one either but it seems like a nice place to go!
  5. Go ice skating in New York. Yes, I’ve been to the Big Apple, but I didn’t get to go ice skating. I did, however, go shopping on 5th Avenue but that wasn’t ever on the bucket list.
  6. See Ed Sheeran in concert. I was heartbroken that I couldn’t get tickets for him in Glasgow but was able to get Rachel and a friend tickets for in Belfast while I was stuck in lectures in Glasgow.
  7. Go to Disneyland in America. Having been to the Parisian one, I’m now set on going in the states.
  8. Visit the Harry Potter studios. What Potter fan our age doesn’t want to go??
  9. Go to South Africa to see the penguins. When I told my sister this she looked at me in disbelief but yes there are times of the year when penguins are at the southern-most tip of South Africa!
  10. Visit London’s Winter Wonderland. It sounds magical and it’s Christmassy so who wouldn’t want to go?
  11. Get my tattoo. Have you not heard about my tattoo? The one I want is a turtle but I’ll have to show you it.

 

What would be on your list?

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Sunday again

Well once again it’s that time of the week when I tell you all the oh so exciting things I got up to in the past 7 days. Did you know, Sundays are the most popular day for people to view my blog? That’s quite interesting actually. Sunday’s the day I tend to not be online as much! Well Saturdays are when I tend to take a break from social media anyway so in my mind Sunday wouldn’t be a popular day. But you know what you like to do, who am I to question it? 
My most popular post this week was Well then, and before I get into anything to do with my usual Sunday post I’d just like to thank everyone who took the time out of their day to read and comment on it. You’ve all helped me so much, but I’ll come to that later. 
Monday, I was awake early to see Rachel off to the airport before I then spent the day revising. I did take the time to question whether technology and social media have taken over our lives, what do you think? Let me know here! I also shared an open letter to my mum as I felt like I needed to get things off my chest. I think Monday should’ve been a sign of the upcoming week.
Tuesday was another day of revision except, for a change of scene, Jason and I went Pokemon hunting in Glasgow. This was my first ever Pokemon hunt and it was actually quite fun once I figured out how to catch the Pokemon! 
On Wednesday, I began to go a little bit crazy. No amount of revision seemed to be helping me, and in the end I wound myself up beyond belief. I think Wednesday night was the night I began to be honest with myself with regards to university and life in general. That’s when I wrote “Well then”. After a mini break down, a lot of tears, and some wise words from a few friends, I was calm enough to bed.
I woke up on Thursday and phoned home to tell them how I was feeling. Again, more tears. It took a long time for me to calm down again. To be honest, I was still in hysterics when a few friends arrived. It meant I could distract myself for an hour before the exam. Sitting the exam, I’m no longer sure if it was actually an okay paper or if it just felt that way because I was so scared about not knowing anything for it, does that make sense? Afterwards, I came home and crawled into bed where I spent the rest of the night.
Friday morning dawned and I had to go back to uni for another exam. This one I can honestly say was a disaster. I don’t know whether it was a mind blank or if I’d ever known it to begin with. And so I came back and started job hunting. 
Yesterday, I woke up with a pounding headache for the 4th time this week. I thought nothing of it, took a few painkillers and started to clean the flat. However, after an hour, the headache was getting worse and worse, I began to feel dizzy if I even lowered my head to look at what I was doing, and any time I bent over I thought I was going to be sick. After a while, I practically crawled back to bed to try and sleep off whatever was wrong with me. 5 hours later I accepted this was a migraine and not a headache, and nowhere in the flat was dark or quiet enough to be of any help. I phoned home to ask for advice and was told to take some stinger painkillers and just keep sleeping. Eventually it lightened to the steady dull pain I’m used to, and I could actually sit up in bed without feeling nauseous. Within half an hour, Nuala was back!! So I forced my company on her for a few hours until we went our separate ways to head to bed.
Today, I’ll probably finish the cleaning I started yesterday, continue some revision, tidy my room, and maybe actually go to the gym! I’m excited to exercise again, is that sad?
How was your week?
Ktkinnes xx

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Well then

So this is a last minute post and I’m not sure how I feel about sharing it yet as I’m still forming my thoughts but then I remembered that that was one of the reasons I started blogging – to talk through my thoughts and ideas and possibly (hopefully) receive feedback from you lovely people. All I’ll say is please forgive me for the lack of continuity as my brain bounces from one thought to the next.
In the next 48 hours, I have exams 3 and 4 of my 5 resists. I’ve done the revision, I’ve completed past papers and tutorial questions and all the stuff you’re meant to do to prepare for an exam. And then today I hit the wall. You know the wall, don’t you? That one that sits there and you physically cannot break through it to continue. 

I woke up this morning asking myself why I was still trying. Yes, okay, today’s a bad day for a number of reasons that I can’t get into right now without crying and starting a pity party. You shouldn’t listen to your mind on a bad day, right? Except today isn’t the first I’ve felt like this. 

Ever since last week’s disastrous Physics paper, I’ve been seriously thinking about just leaving university. Unguided learning just isn’t for me. I’ve admitted that to myself in the last few days. I lack the motivation to complete simple homeworks. I struggle to persuade myself to get out of bed regardless of how much sleep I’ve had. There’s a complete lack of routine in my life and therefore no structure. Now, I know I’m the one who can fix that but I don’t think university is right for me.

I’ve been proud of myself for being at university. My cousins either didn’t go or dropped out quickly and I was always proud of myself for even just making it to second year. But I didn’t feel like I wanted to be here for any reason other than it’s what was expected of me. Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. But I’m not sure now that I do. To be honest I don’t have a clue what I want to do with my life. I’m 4 weeks off my 21st birthday and I still feel like the 13 year old who’s floating along as if she hasn’t any responsibilities. 

But I know tomorrow’s exam won’t go at all well. Even having gone to lectures and studied for ages last exam diet, I got a G2. To be honest, that’s better than I remembered. Could’ve sworn I got an H2 but there it is in black and white for you.


Seeing my grades displayed like that, surely you can now see for yourself why I’m considering just dropping out of university. 
To be honest, I’m even considering not showing up to tomorrow’s exam… Or Friday’s for that matter. But I know that would be stupid. Do I email my adviser and ask to meet him in the morning and explain to him how I’ve spent the entire summer revising but I know it’s not going to have made any difference? Do I tell him that I just want out but can’t face telling my parents that I dropped out? Yes. The truth is I would rather be kicked out of university than tell my parents I chose to walk out. It’s not like they’re paying for me to be here or helping me in any way. Apart from paying my phone bill and feeding me when I’m home, I’ve been completely financially independent since I started university in 2014. Big wow I hear you guys say, that was using a student loan and a maintenance loan. Those need paid back the minute I start earning. But if I can get a full time job and earn roughly £500 a month, I’d be pretty much where I am now. That’s 75 hours a month so not even 20 hours a week at minimum wage. That’s reasonable, right? 
To be honest, I don’t know why I’m asking these questions. You know as well as I do that I’ll go in tomorrow and Friday and sit those exams. I know I’ll fail them, you may have more faith in me but I’ve given up hope. Friday morning at 11:30 I will be beginning to look at full time jobs here in Glasgow. Who knows, maybe when I’m working I’ll be more involved in my blog. And maybe then I’ll be happier.
I don’t even know what I’ve said in this post, I’m just going to hit post and hope that you guys can give me some advice. If you don’t want to comment below, find me on Twitter (@kvburton657) or email me at katiekinnes@msn.com.
Thanks
Ktkinnes xx

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Escaping for the day

Well yesterday’s exam was shit. And I apologise because normally I try my best to avoid swearing on this blog but there is simply no other way to describe how that paper went. Needless to say, this post has been scheduled and I’ll be cramming daily for paper 2 of the exam. However, as I was sobbing into my pillow, my friend (who has asked to be known on here as Pablo) messaged and asked did I want to meet him in Edinburgh for a different kind of day just to escape the monotony of revision etc. After a few minutes deliberating, I decided to stuff it and be spontaneous. Within 20 minutes I was on a megabus to Edinburgh and I was excited.

Spontaneous days are always the best ones, would you agree? We went for lunch at Pizza Hut and got the buffet lunch – £7.50 for as much pizza, pasta and salad as you can eat? Yes please! After lunch, Pablo suggested we take a walk along the Royal Mile since it had been quite some time since either of us had been there. All around us, people were setting up for Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. As the festival officially opens on Friday, we were just enjoying the excitement when suddenly people were offering us fliers for shows on that afternoon or evening. 
One man, Oli, who spotted us told us about the show he had written called Happy Dave that would be on in The Pleasance Courtyard. After chatting to us for a bit, he offered us 2 free tickets to come see it and I’m so glad we accepted them! 


Happy Dave was simply hilarious. Opening with Dave and his girlfriend Molly, the two are looking out over a field where Dave is DJing for an illegal rave, or as Molly put it “the loud sequence of repetitive sounds” (I think… It was 7 hours ago). The police show up, as predicted, and suddenly we’re thrown into the future where Dave is ‘of a certain age’ and working with a group of 20-something year olds. He chats with one of them and they get talking about music and raves. A few days later, his colleague invites him to a rave with some of her friends and the story continues from there. With some very witty jokes, some subtle and some less so, I barely noticed the time passing! I would seriously recommend seeing Happy Dave if you were to be in the area over the next few weeks. Just think, if what I saw was one of their first run throughs in the courtyard, imagine how good it’ll be when they sort out the few minor glitches with music and lighting! Definitely a 5 star performance.
Straight after this, in the same room, we had tickets to see Daphne’s Second Show. We’d been handed these tickets very last minute and so had no idea who or what this was going to be, so you can imagine our surprise as 3 men came dancing onto the stage to the Pokemon theme tune! It became very clear quite quickly that this would be almost like a standup comedy act. A mixture of short sketches, long sketches, songs and some hilarious one liners had those of us in the audience laughing practically non stop from start to finish. I’d probably give them a 4 out of 5 as a rating, simply because there was a repeated joke that I didn’t really find funny but apart from that one it was really one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while!
I walked out at the end of these 2 shows with a smile on my face that I know hadn’t really been there for a while, and no I’m not counting holiday because who isn’t happy on holiday? Pablo really knows the best ways to cheer me up or distract me! Finally, we walked to the Pleasance Dome to see magician Ben Hanlin from the ITV2 show, Tricked. Now, while tickets to see Ben weren’t free, Pablo was really excited at the prospect of seeing him so £6 for a ticket certainly wasn’t unreasonable! What was slightly unreasonable was the delayed starting time of 9:10pm instead of the 8:30pm time stated on the ticket. Thank goodness for late night trains, am I right? Apart from this minor irritant, Ben’s show was really good! He got the right level of humour in to keep us interested while he set up each trick, something I wasn’t expecting. Ticket prices increase for his show as they enter the full swing of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe however they are selling two tickets for the price of one on Monday and Tuesday next week (8th and 9th)!
Finally, Pablo and I headed to the train station where we parted ways – he’s staying with his mum at the minute and I’m returning to Glasgow. It was a great day out and I’m now feeling ready to launch myself into a day of revision tomorrow before Rachel arrives. If you have any free time over the next couple of weeks, try and get to Edinburgh. There’s something for everyone and it’s definitely worth the money getting there! 
Ktkinnes xx

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Tuesday’s Torture

Well today marks day one of my resits. The first exam is today at 2:30pm and I’m terrified. While I did study for it before Ibiza, I then had 2 weeks of not really looking at it. So yeah, wish me luck…
But yeah, I decided to start today with a little bit of positivity. All in the spirit of feeling better in myself! Maybe you can help me? Today’s aim is do to as many things as possible to make someone else smile. Anything at all! And I’ll let you know tonight how it went. So feel free to join me, maybe we can trade stories in the comments below. 
Tonight, there are 4 hours in a row of Twitter chats but unfortunately I won’t be taking part in them. If I want to give myself a chance to pass these exams, I have to spend tonight revising! And then as of 12 o’clock tomorrow I can relax for a little while. What’ve you got planned for today?
Ktkinnes xx

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Fortunate Friday

Hello my lovelies! Tonight’s the night I pick one thing from the last seven days to be happy about. Now I could be honest and say that there have been many unfortunate things that have happened, my fortunate Friday this week would definitely have to be from today actually. 
Today I found out my exams didn’t go nearly as well as I’d hoped (and to any family members reading this, please remember what we agreed before you hit the “follow” button!) and I’m looking at multiple resits. The other option is to repeat the year. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering “What on earth is Katie on about? This isn’t at all positive!” That’s where you’re wrong. Well actually you’re right, that part isn’t positive. But my conversation with Mum and Dad after I told them was positive, or as positive as can be, given the circumstances.

I had expected them to be angry or, worse, disappointed. I honestly had considered not even telling them, but that wasn’t right either. However, Mum agreed with me that Physics clearly wasn’t the right degree for me, but I should try the resits or repeat the year, or if it would help – drop out of uni, take a course in a college to sit my English A Level, and then reapply to go straight into teaching. She also suggested dropping out altogether but I think we both agree I’ve tried too hard for this. We discussed me leaving university with a designated degree in physics, meaning I would be graduating next year instead of in 2 years, but it would mean I could go into my PGDE quicker. 
It was great to finally have a proper conversation with her about my education, without me feeling I had to hide how I felt about my exams and my courses. She listened. For the first time that I can remember, she listened and understood and actually heard what I was saying about it all. It’s bizarre to think it’s taken until now for her to appreciate my own opinions on my education.
So now, while I have a summer of revision and 5 exams to sit in August, I can say that my positive moment of the week was having Mum actually listen to me.
Have a great weekend folks!
Ktkinnes xx

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I’m back! Again!

Hello everyone! I’m back in action today after a very busy week. Kelsey arrived early on Wednesday morning and only left yesterday so it was go go go the entire time, even with my final exam in the middle of it all.
On the Wednesday she arrived, we all went for lunch in Cafe Andaluz, a tapas restaurant. Oh my word I am still fantasising about that meal – best food I’ve had in who knows how long! 

All the food. We ordered 3 plates each!

Of course, Nuala was the one to photograph the food while the rest of us took pictures of each other. I would highly recommend Cafe Andaluz to anyone in Glasgow looking for a lovely meal.

(left to right) Nuala, Me, Kelsey, Mary and Jason

Afterwards, we sat in George Square for a while until it was time to go and see Captain America: Civil War! Great film. Go watch it. Now. Or at least watch the trailer here! I would probably rate it 8 out of 10 as although I loved the film, there were some things that put me off it a bit. My opinion is that the plot was almost non existent and simply there to move the film from one action scene to the next. Still was a fantastic film.
Thursday was then spent in the Botanic Gardens, sleeping off hangovers in the sunshine. When it came to dinner, I cooked my Chicken Jalousie with some salad, wedges and garlic bread. I even made gluten free pastry from scratch! It was an interesting experience and not one I will hurry to repeat.

Thursday night flat dinner

After dinner, we started drinking and ended up on a night out in Garage. They were having a Disney party and so we all got tiaras.

Friday, I spent the morning revising. We then went to the park to play frisbee for a while before ordering Dominos pizza. Unfortunately there was a problem with our order in that we were given someone else’s pizzas. We had ordered 2 large, meaty pizzas. The pizzas we were given? 2 medium, vegetarian pizzas. A very sad moment. So I phoned the store and they sent out new pizzas to us, also allowing us to keep the other pizzas! So 4 pizzas for the cost of £18.99. We were still eating pizza on Monday. Friday night we just watched a film and had an earlyish night.
Saturday. Jason and Kelsey went back to the botanic gardens to give me some peace to revise. After a few hours, I joined them and we looked around the orchid show in one of the green houses. Afterwards, we met a friend for drinks and dinner in Wetherspoons before we headed home to watch Eurovision. My Twitter feed exploded – sorry to anyone who follows me!
Sunday was spent doing last minute revisions while everyone else took a more relaxing day – reading and sleeping for ages. Around 7pm, we went for dinner at The Hill on Byres Road. One word – delicious. It was so good. I had a beef stir fry with udon noodles. So much flavour, less than £10 a main course. Returning to the flat, we watched Sex Box – a strangely intriguing show. Not sure if I would recommend it or not.
Monday. Final day of exams! The exam wasn’t great, but it meant I was done for summer! Afterwards, we went to Paws for Stress – an event in the union where you could go and play with dogs to relieve stress. Honestly the best I have felt in a long time. After this, we started drinking and didn’t stop until bed almost 12 hours later…. It was a long long day…


Yesterday, Kelsey left very early in the morning. I spent the day with Paul, shopping and talking and walking a lot before going to his to watch Big. Having never seen it before, I loved it. Would definitely watch it again!

Now I’m just sitting waiting for Jason to get ready for us to go into town. We have euro to buy and some things we need for Paris – less than a week to go!
Sorry for the long winded description of the last few days, I will get onto more interesting posts at some stage soon. But for now, I need to take out the recycling 😔

Have a good day!
Ktkinnes xx

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The wrong path


Recently I’ve found myself doubting everything I say and do. In fact, I even reached the stage of asking is university really for me? 

I rarely have the motivation to do even half of what I’m meant to be doing. If there’s anything else I could be doing, you can expect to find it already done before I’ve even considered getting on with uni work. Like writing a blog post on procrastination instead of focusing on revising for the exam I have in 48.5hours! 

While I love the independence, and I know I wouldn’t be much different had I stayed at home, I often find myself thinking “Why am I even at university?” or “Why physics? I hate it and I hate studying it even more”. It’s hard to argue back when you know you’re thinking the truth.


However what has kept me going this far is the idea that at the end of this undergraduate degree, I can get a PGCE and become a teacher – the one thing I’ve always wanted to do. Well okay there were a few months when I convinced myself I was a good enough singer to go on the X Factor. Thankfully I realised before it was too late that everything sounds better when you’re wearing headphones. But in all honesty, can I really not want to continue my degree just because it’s tougher than I imagined? Surely the building makes up for that!

Today, one of my friends is graduating. She’s in Connecticut and has just woken up for the big day. I’ve included a picture of her graduation cap below. It’s scary to think that in a few years that’ll be me, hopefully. And when it is, I know I’ll be extremely proud of myself for getting to that stage. Of course that’ll only happen if I get up off this sofa and get some more work done!


Wish me luck! Only another 8 days until summer begins…
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