Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Road to University! Week Six

Well I'm finally here! It's the start of the next 3 years of my life and I'm really excited to get cracking. Now that I'm here I can see myself here. I'm looking forward to getting my room fully sorted and properly settling in.
Army night!

As of writing this I've been out 4 nights in a row with tonight being my night off, otherwise I'll fall asleep in the middle of the street. So far, so good and still a lot more to go! Just one problem though...I can feel a cough coming on, and when I get a cough, I really get a cough. There are two stages to my illness:
1.The pathetic "this isn't really a cough but I have to get it out of my system" cough, which usually generates looks of why bother you're not even ill, and
2.The dangerous "seriously I'm about to cough up a lung someone please help me" vomit cough, which could be seen to get an even worse response as some people think it's too forced and you're attention seeking.
Hopefully it won't get any worse but I sincerely doubt it.

So far my room is feeling pretty cosy with my bright green furnishings and every leaflet I've been given telling me to go to such and such club on such and such night I have stuck on my wall making a 'leaflet collage' if you will. I can't wait until I've finally found a place for everything so it feels like a proper home away from home. Also I've been very lucky that my flat mates are amazing and I'm really looking forward to getting to know them in the next year!

Although my finances so far haven't been a problem, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that I don't over spend and forget to budget...and buy food!

So, by next week freshers will have finished, I'll have started my course and things will be getting real! Hopefully my illness will be gone so i will be able to fully enjoy my experience. See you next week!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Road to University! Week Five

Okay, this is the week. The week! It's come around so fast and I don't think I'm ready! As per I've left everything until the last minute and I still need to sort through all of my stuff, ahh! Since I've just been buying things and adding it to the huge pile I haven't gone through it until recently and I now realise I think I have way too much! I think I have about 4 wooden spoons, which seems pointless as I won't be entering the bake off anytime soon. 

Okay so I've just packed all of my things and I currently have 4 plastic boxes, 1 cardboard box, 1 Ikea bag, 1 tesco bag and 2 suitcases! I think I underestimated how much I've bought and how much I already have. It's way too much! But I think that that's everything now and I don't need to buy anything else, *fingers crossed*. 

I'm really sorry that this weeks blog has been short and sweet but not much has really happened this week other than general uni prep and packing. I had my last shift at work but I'm going back in December and I had my little leaving party with my friends and it was really cute. Today (tuesday) I'm going to visit my friend Megan which is exciting and then I move on Friday...EEEEK!

So to all of you that are going to university or starting something new good luck and I hope it all works out and goes to plan. See you next week where I'll show you around my new home! Bye!

I'll leave you with the attractive pictures for my student card ^_^

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Road to University! Week Four

So it's dawning on me that late next week I'll be in my new home with 5 strangers preparing to start a new chapter in my life. AHHH!!! I haven't decided whether I'm excited or nervous so I've settled on nervcited (which really should be a word!). 

This week has been all about the finishing touches. I've been buying the final things I need, finding out what I need to do the day I arrive and keep checking the 'congratulations' email to make sure that I actually have been accepted and that I actually am going to university! 

I realised that I'm buying all of these new things that I'm going to be taking but I don't actually know what out of my things I'm going to be taking. So I've been having a little thinkle and I still don't know! I want to take everything but I can't so I'm going to have to majorly cut down which is going to be hard. Something I'm going to miss from my current bedroom are my framed magazine collages so I've customised something I am allowed to take with me to remind me of home. My dad gave me this pen pot and it was clear so I just collaged a piece of paper and slotted it in. I think it looks really good (if I do say so myself!).

I mentioned in my first post that for my course I had to read at least two newspapers a week and keep up to date on the newsy websites. I think I've taken it a bit to the extreme. This picture shows this weeks bundle of fun which should keep me occupied for a few days! As well as these I seem to be forever on the BBC news and the Halifax Courier websites constantly pressing refresh. Safe to say I'm fully up to date with all things Syria.

Yesterday a little package of excitement came through my letterbox. Nottingham Trent university sent me all of the things I'll need to know for freshers and I'm starting to get super excited! I can't stop reading through all of the societies, freshers nights, trips, etc. EEEEK! If anyone else is as excited as me please let me know because I feel like an idiot typing the excitement by myself!

So, this time next week I'll be super nervcited! Hopefully this week I'll do something a little bit more interesting to share! See you next week!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Road to University! Week Three

Happy Tuesday! Two weeks to go, AH! I think it's starting to sink in now that I'll be leaving my lovely purple bedroom behind to move to a blinding lime green one (the blindness is completely self inflicted!). Over the past few weeks I've been  slowly preparing myself with the skills I'll need whilst I'm at university. I already feel like a domestic goddess, sat here with my cappuccino after cleaning the bathroom, with a load of washing in the machine. 

This week the burning question has been 'What am I actually going to eat!?'. I really like to cook and bake anyway (just remembered bake off is on tonight, excited!) but whenever I cook a meal there's always someone there to help me with measurements and whether it looks right. So I've decided to take the plunge and just go for it! If it turns out wrong then I'll just try again! 

These are Rosemary and cheese scones which I made to go with a beef and ale stew my parents made. They are so yum and are a recipe from Paul Hollywood's bread. I've made them with help before but this was my first time completely unassisted. They were really easy to make and probably took me 45 minutes all together including cooking time. I think that the instructions are full proof and are really nice warm and I think could be really nice with soup. I also had them cold for my lunch the next day with butter on and they were delicious! I think they'd be a really good thing to make in bulk and take on the go or when I can't be bothered to make something.

These lilac little things are earl grey cupcakes. The recipe is once that I found on the internet from the Hummingbird Bakery. Normally I enjoy making cupcakes but this recipe was really strange and the cakes came out really dense. But the icing was really nice and earl grey-ey so next time I think I might make a normal cake but with this icing. But to say they took me about 2 hours to make they turned out okay...? I think I might just make some normal chocolate ones tomorrow to build up my baking self esteem. Is that normal?

This bowl of what looks like vomit is actually what I had for my lunch today, so don't judge. It's pasta with a tomato sauce. I've been practising making sauces loads this week because when I'm at uni that's probably what I'm going to be eating all of the time! I think I've got the hang of making pasta which is good because there was a point where I was eating raw pasta.

So I think that I had a pretty productive week this week! It was really yummy as well! I also found out that I can take my coffee machine with me, yey! So happy, I don't think I could actually live without it! So I'll leave you with a picture of my baby and I'll see you next week!

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