Thursday, 23 October 2014

All work and no play

Hello again everyone, I hope you are well. The past few weeks have been a hectic blur for me, working all the hours available, and then some, plus the classes I have in the evening. Needless to say it has been pretty energy draining by the time I have also completed university work.  This means I haven’t had much of a social life, or much time to myself. Although I like to keep busy, I think I may have gone a bit overboard. So here is my advice to anyone who thinks they can work in all the spare time they have outside of classes, yes you can, and the money is handy, but you won’t have much time to actually spend it (unless you plan on saving it).

Even though I have been working and studying a lot, I have still have managed to find some time to myself and some form of a social life and watch some TV shows. I have recently started watching Breaking Bad (I know I’m quite behind on that one) and I finally understand what the hype is all about. However, whenever I watch an episode, I often find myself thinking about what my life would be like if I had been good at chemistry… it goes without saying that it’s a pretty poor career choice, and is too dangerous for my liking!

I also managed to fit in a trip to my favorite shop the other day; Ikea. I know it’s a bit of a strange choice, but I just love looking at all the various room designs, and imagining it in my future, currently non-existent, home. I always find myself being drawn to the lighting features, and rooms with clever touches.

That’s it from me for now, but with this windy weather we've been having, hold onto your hats and avoid any objects that may fly towards you! And as always, good luck with all your studies, and make sure you fit in some down time.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September comes to a close

Hello everyone, I hope you are well. Is it me or did September just fly by? It is now October, and Monday the 22nd of September marked the first day of autumn. Autumn is my favourite season, when the leaves change from green to various shades of red and orange and brown; simply breath-taking! I also love the fresh, crisp mornings that autumn offers, followed by a low, but warming sun that provides some heat. It also means that I can start wearing jumpers again (I do like wearing jumpers) meaning that soon it’ll be the sweater weather.

The beginning of autumn also means that my favourite drink from Starbucks is now out; the pumpkin spice latte! It appears that pumpkins are not really a thing in the UK, which makes me very sad. When I was in the USA last year, there was pumpkin pie available all year round. Here in the UK, I have yet to see one anywhere, although I did make one myself and it was very tasty (even though the pumpkin mix was hard to obtain).

In university related updates, I had my first week of classes for my new programme, and it has been a bit of a shock to the system getting used to studying by night. This means for 4 nights a week, I will not have an evening to myself, as I will be either in classes or travelling (fortunately I’ve been able to drive there and back). Speaking of travel, I managed to lose my Oyster card the other day, but I was convinced that I would find it as soon as I called TfL to cancel it. However, this was not the case, and since then my new one has now arrived, with my old Oyster card yet to be found… I’m sure it will turn up one day.

I have decided that I need to book a weekend away soon, so as I have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off, I think this could be possible. I may have to wait until I get paid before I can do that, though. It’s been really strange studying at university without being able to apply for a student loan. Sadly master’s programmes do not attract funding from student finance, so I will have to try and work as much as I can to get the money I need.

Anyway, I hope you have all had a good first week, and I wish you the best of luck this year, until next time!