Life Update – October 2018

Oh, hey there! Long time, no see! So, uh, yeah… It’s been about a month since we’ve been here so I thought that you were all due a little life update – also known as me trying to justify why I haven’t been blogging for a month!

What Have I Been Up To?

I wish I could say ‘ah yes, I’ve been doing a social media/internet detox and I learnt a million valuable lessons from my experience’ – but if you have been anywhere near my Twitter or Instagram stories, you would know that that is most certainly not the case.

Instead I’ve been busy, but that’s a terrible excuse! I’ve been busy enough to have to avoid blogging, I should say! Here’s the part where I attempt to define ‘busy’!

Defining ‘Busy’…

College

As I’m sure you well know from my previous post, I started back at college as a second year student at the beginning of September – taking two additional subjects under my wing. So that’s one thing, college! The workload itself is reasonable and I have a sufficient amount of frees in order to keep up with everything. But, I become quite behind quite quickly and thus, that was priority – other than watching Grey’s Anatomy 24/7 (currently standing at the second half of Season 9)

Hospitals

Around college, I have had at least one hospital appointment a week – at least one being in London too. This means I am then missing college and I have to catch up – which kinda explains why I’m so behind! My attendance is standing strong at 75% today, that will begin to go up in just over a month or so, I’m hoping! I’ll give you an update on whether my grades have slipped or not once I get my review grades at the end of the month!

Gymnastics

I know what you’re thinking ‘it’s okay, college just got in the way’. But no, that would be too simple – wouldn’t it? (Note the sarcasm!!!) Just when I was thinking I was getting on track and everything was going ok-ish, something else happened. I was at gymnastics at the end of September and for probably about half a second, I forgot how to use my legs like an actual human being. Long story short – I’ve torn ligaments in my left ankle, and then I sprained the right one trying to avoid using the left! So not only have I been ridiculously behind in college, but I now can’t walk.

I’m still on crutches for it at the moment, but I have an appointment with my local (ish) fracture clinic on Wednesday which will hopefully be helpful in telling me how long my recovery will be!

What Now?

So, obviously, college is still a priority but I’m hoping to get back into this! I have a few posts I’ve planned to do, but they might be a bit ‘here, there and everywhere’ until I get into a proper routine again. I’m going to do my September Favourites, and I have a bit of a mini Lush Haul to share with you – keep your eyes peeled!

Hopefully, that gives you a little bit of an explanation as to why I haven’t been the best blogger lately!

Thanks for reading – look out for more posts!!!

College Update #2

What’s happening this year?

Yesterday I went back to college for my first day as a second year student. It was all a bit strange if I’m being honest! My Photography class has been split up and moved into other classes, though I have the same teacher. My Psychology class has gained a few people and I’m the year above everyone in my Biology class! It’s scary to think that this time next year I will hopefully be off starting a degree! I thought I’d take the time to explain a couple of things that I’m changing around here in order to keep on top of college! Don’t worry I’m not disappearing!

Also, I don’t have any photos for  this post so enjoy some photos from my last photography coursework shoot!

Last Year…

My timetable is a bit fuller than last year! Last year I had two lessons on a Monday, Tutorial fourth and Psychology sixth. Then I had three lessons on a Tuesday, Photography first and Psychology fourth and fifth. On Wednesday, I had two lessons which were Photography both fourth and fifth. Thursdays I only had one lesson which was Photography sixth. Fridays I only had one lesson too which was Psychology first. My timetable was almost TOO empty, I had so much time that I didn’t know what to do with!

This Year…

This year, I have three lessons on a Monday! This time I have Photography first, Biology second and third and Psychology sixth. Tuesday is a bit less busy, I just have double Psychology in the afternoon! On Wednesday I have two lessons, EPQ first and Tutorial third. Thursday is a little busier again, I have Photography second and third, a 1-2-1 session fourth and Biology fifth. And finally, Friday I have Psychology first, Photography fifth and Biology sixth.

What’s Happening?

As you can probably tell, I have way more work to do and 6 hours less free time! Which is why I have made this decision. From Wednesday 12th September there is only going to be ONE post a week, 5pm on a Wednesday, until further notice! This gives me a chance to stay on top of college, but also to continue pushing out quality blog content which I promise WILL be quality. At least, I’ll try my best!

The Good News!

I do bring good news too, December is exempt from my new blogging schedule! If I can handle it, I will be bringing out two posts a week. These are currently planned for Wednesday and Saturday and will be as an alternative for ‘Blogmas’. If you’ve been here long enough, you’ll remember that I attempted ‘Blogmas’ for twelve days last year and although I did it, it kinda flopped! The photographs for starters were AWFUL and I was running out of ideas towards the end! There will, of course, be some christmassy content, but I am going to try and mix it up a bit! I wouldn’t want you getting bored!

What To Expect…

So, what can you expect from me in this new academic year! Firstly, you can expect a fresh new post every week, and if you’re lucky I may even post a few extra ‘surprise’ posts. This does depend on the workload though! You can also expect, what I hope is, good quality content touching on topics of college and university, mental health, obviously lifestyle and maybe some fashion and recipes thrown in too. I don’t do these very much but we deserve a little change once in a while!

And, Finally…

I hope that you respect my decision and won’t miss me too much! Please, if there’s any posts you’d like to see, don’t be afraid to contact me about it!

Thanks for reading – here’s to the next academic year!

August Favourites

It’s the beginning of a new month, and you know what that means… Monthly Favourites! I finally get to share with you all the things that I have loved within the month of August! August was a strange month for me. I did my first work experience, I took a book out the library for the first time in years, I attended my first funeral, I went to London alone with my friend and I worked through a highly hefty to-do list but I still found the time to find a selection of products deemed suitable to be featured on my monthly favourites! Here they are, you know you want to read it!

August Favourites:

1. Chilly’s Bottle

This month I bit the bullet and bought myself a brand new water bottle! I’d heard great things about the Chilly’s brand and I loved the idea of being able to keep my water cold! I browsed their website for a long time before finally purchasing my next favourite bottle – and it was probably the best thing I’ve done in ages! I opted for the pastel pink, 260 ml bottle! It’s small and simple and I love it! 260ml is quite small, the standard size being 500ml, but I like it because I can carry it in my bag with ease! It just means I have to top it up a bit more often! I use it all the time though – I have it on my desk when I’m studying, I take it to gymnastics with me, it never left my side when I was on work experience and when I go back to college, it’ll definitely be my trusty class companion! If you’re in the market for a new bottle, look here first! There’s a bit of a price tag but it’s worth it!

2. Stabilo Swing Cool Pastel Highlighters

I already owned the Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters – you know, the big fat ones! When I heard about these though, I just had to get them because they’re so much thinner and they fit in my pencil case so much better! I put off buying these for so long but one day when I went into town with my friend, Ellen, she bought some for me as I didn’t have my card on me (I’ve since paid her back – don’t worry!)! I’m so glad that I finally got some though because I now use them all the time and I will even more so once I return to college. The colours are so pretty too!

3. The Anatomy Colouring Book

This seems like a bit of a weird nerdy thing to put in my monthly favourites but honestly I think this book is great! It’s a fantastic way of combining learning and fun! Colouring can be quite therapeutic and, yes, using this book you’re learning at the same time! If you’re a Biomedical, Medical or Physiotherapy student, or looking into that field of study, I would definitely recommend this book!

4. My Academic Diary

In August, I purchased a new diary for college and I think that it’s great! It’s a Student Planner and Academic Diary, it runs from August 2018 to August 2019 and I bought it from Waterstones. It’s really useful I think and I think it would be super helpful for University students, which I believe it’s geared towards. It has space at the front for so much information such as interpreting term dates, exam dates, holiday dates and graduation dates as well as space to write down key university locations such as the address for your halls of residence, the campus bookshop, the student union etc. At the beginning of every month it has tips, a monthly planner (calendar) and space for a to do list. The diary itself is week-to-a-page and on each week day it gives you space to write the time and place of an event and a to do list! At the back it has space for planning. For instance, a checklist for uni, finance help, tips, study planners and more!

5. Imperial Leather Bubble Bath

If any of you know me at all, you’ll know that I love a good bubble bath! Over the last month or so, I’ve been using and enjoying the Imperial Leather Bubble Baths  – more specifically the Marshmallow, Cosmic Unicorn and Mermazing ones! They smell super nice and they’re so bubbly! Will never beat a good ol’ Lush bath bomb but they come very close, for sure!

6. Air Wick Wax Melter and Yankee Candle Wax Melts

I decided to try something new this month – flame-less fragrance! Yes, I have a couple of candles but I worry about how safe they are sometimes so I thought that this would put me at ease! This way, I can still use a lush smelling Yankee Candle without having to fear for my life – yanno?! I got a great offer, the wax melter was on offer for only £5 in Robert Dyas and my mum bought me a wax melt from Yankee Candle for only about £2. The scent I chose was Peony! It’s such as nice floral smell and I love it, it makes my room smell so nice! I just have to remember to unplug it when I’m not using it and I can leave it unattended for a few minutes without having to worry!

7. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

I’d never really tried a lip scrub before but when I saw, and tried, this one in Lush I just had to pick it up! It tastes amazing and it makes my lips feel so soft! It’s not one for moisturising, of course, but it’s pretty great for softening I believe! I mean, I love Lush anyway so I’m probably biased but this is actually real good!

I hope that you have enjoyed my latest monthly favourites! I always enjoy writing these posts so much! I go back to college very soon and I’m really quite excited because I haven’t been there in so long! Let’s just hope I get all my homework done before then!

Thank you for reading – what did you enjoy in August?

What I’m Currently Watching

Wow! It’s September already! I know you were expecting the ol’ favourites post but unfortunately I wasn’t able to post on Friday so it’s been delayed slightly! It’s coming though, I promise! In this post, I’m going to discuss all the programs I’m currently or recently watched because I realised that I’ve never really talked about it before! Some of these things are on Netflix, some are on Amazon Prime and some are on good ol’ fashioned television!

What I’m Currently Watching:

1. Grey’s Anatomy

I may have mentioned this once or twice, but I am currently very into watching Grey’s Anatomy on Amazon Prime! It is also available on Sky Boxsets and on DVDs! To brief you, it starts off about a first year surgeon Meredith Grey who is the daughter of a very famous surgeon, Ellis Grey. I’m not going to say much more as I don’t want to give anything away! It’s set in Seattle, in America, so it took me a few episodes to work out all the ‘lingo’ such as intern, resident and attending. Now, I probably know the American hospital hierarchy better than I know the British!  I find this program interesting because I’m hoping to go into a medical career. I heard really good things about it before I started watching it and it definitely lived up to my expectations! I started watching it at the very end of July and I’m currently (written on the 30th August) at the end of Season Five (4th September Update: Ep 3 Season 6)! I’m looking forward to the next seasons!!

2. Bad Education

I’m not currently watching this, because I have actually finished it! Recently, I watched the BBC3 TV series Bad Education, and the accompanying film – The Bad Education Movie. I watched it on Netflix although I’m sure it’s probably available on BBC iPlayer. I found it funny and easy to watch and I got through the two or three series quite quickly! It’s about a history teacher in a secondary school called Alfie Wickers (Mr Wickers) who really just wants to make learning fun – and apparently pretty hilarious! He isn’t the most amazing or traditional teacher but the students in his class like him and they learn without even realising I think. He also has a crush on one of the other teachers – a biology teacher, Rosie Gulliver! 

3. The Great British Bake Off

I mean, who doesn’t like the GBBO! I started watching on Netflix (the BBC version) a few months ago and I was quite hooked! I drifted away from it slightly recently but only last Tuesday, it started up again on Channel 4! Unfortunately, I did miss biscuit week as I was actually on the A12 dual carriageway at the time, but I’m definitely going to download it off of iPlayer so that I can catch up! I think that it can be quite funny at times!

4. Casualty & Holby City

I’ve grouped these two together because they’re quite similar medical dramas – set in the same hospital in fact! Casualty is set in Holby City Hospital’s Accident & Emergency Department and Holby City is set in Holby City’s General Surgical Ward, Cardio-thoracic Ward and Acute Admissions Unit. I enjoy this for similar reasons I enjoy Grey’s Anatomy. They can be quite realistic at time which, although hard to watch, is good for preparing me for my potential future career! I watch Casualty on BBC One on Saturday’s and I watch Holby on the same channel on a Tuesday.

5. EastEnders

I’ve watched EastEnders with my mum for as long as I can remember! For those who don’t know, it’s a British Soap drama set in the fictional town of Walford in East London (in real life the postcode is in the same place a Stratford!), and more specifically Albert Square! I don’t always follow all the story lines but I am at the moment, and it’s just something easy to watch on weekday evenings! I watch it on BBC One. Occasionally, I also watch Emmerdale and Coronation Street on ITV, which are similar soap dramas!

And there you have it! That is pretty much everything that I watch or I have watched recently! If you have any suggestions, I will gladly listen – just comment them below! Sorry again that this post was slightly delayed!

Thanks for reading – what’s your favourite program?

My Harry Potter Collection

I would just like to warn everyone now, this may be an extremely long post! I own a fair few Harry Potter things and I plan on sharing it all with you! I got inspiration for this post from Nicole, who writes ‘A Beautiful Chaos‘. She shared her entire Harry Potter collection and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I thought that I’d give it a shot myself! Thanks for the inspo Nicole!

Just a little disclaimer here… Obviously, I have accumulated my HP collection over a good six-or-so years. Some of it I have bought myself, and some of it was gifted. Anyway, without further ado, here is my (hopefully entire!) Harry Potter Collection!

My Harry Potter Collection

ONE: Books

I have a few Harry Potter books, including of course the original seven! I firstly have a 20th anniversary Ravenclaw edition of Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone which I got for Christmas last year, I believe! I’m hoping to grab a special copy of the Chamber of Secrets sometime soon too, perhaps in a different house… I then have boxset of Harry’s ‘textbooks’, Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, Tales Of Beedle The Bard and Quiddich Through The Ages! Much to my embarrassment, I’m yet to read/own the Fantastic Beast script and I’m yet to watch the film… oops! Finally, in the book collection, I have the Harry Potter & The Cursed Child playscript! I used to own a Lego Harry Potter book as well, but I don’t think that I do anymore!

TWO: Films

Of course, I own all seven of the films on DVD! I’ve got them in a box set thing which I got a good few years ago now! I also own Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them on DVD.

THREE: Clothes

I own three HP jumpers: a Hogwarts Allumi one, a Griffindor Quiddich one and a fluffy ‘H’ one! As for T-Shirts, I own several! I have a long sleeved Quiddich one, two short sleeved Quiddich ones and one with Harry’s scar and glasses! I’m actually highly disappointed in myself that I don’t own any HP shoes or socks, but Christmas gifts ideas, eh? All the ones I have are not all photographed!

FOUR: POP Figures

These are small character figures! I own Harry, in Quiddich uniform, Hermione and Ginny. Next on my list to get is Ron!

FIVE: Lego

I have various Harry Potter Lego sets, but I don’t have enough time to build them all now! We’ll save that for a future post! I have many of the minifigures too, including Harry, Ron , Hermione, Ginny, Draco, Prof Sprout, Molly & Arthur Weasley and more that I can’t remember off the top of my head!

SIX: Movie Memorabilia/Other

I’m not even sure where to start with this bit, so I’m going to separate it a bit:

Bedding

Firstly, I have a set of Harry Potter Bedding from Primark. It’s black and white and on one side it has Hedwig. On the other it has Hogwarts logos!

Wand

I have a replica wand from when I visited the Harry Potter Studio tour back in 2012. It’s Ginny Weasley’s because she was my favourite character!

Scarfs

I have two Harry Potter scarfs! One is a Griffindor scarf that my Grandma knitted me a couple of years ago and the other is a Ravenclaw replica scarf which I got when I went to Universal Studios – Hollywood, in February.

Mugs

I have one Harry Potter mug, which I am again disappointed with. I should have more! The mug has the Maurader’s Map on it and it’s huuuuuge!

Postcards etc.

This is a post card I received from my friend, Alicia, when she visited Universal Studios in Florida! Here are also some labels off of items I’ve had too!

Food

Ah, Magical food! Firstly, I had a Chocolate Frog which came with a wizard card. I’ve also had Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and Jelly Slugs! When I went to the Studio tour, I had some Butterbeer too!

And, I think that’s that! I clearly have a slight obsession and I’m not even ashamed of it! I’m super excited because in November, I’m returning to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for my birthday! I’m going on the 10th, which is the day after my birthday and it’s also the last day that the place is set up for Halloween!

I hope you enjoyed this magical post!

Thanks for reading – have you seen/watched HP?