Now and then

1st December 2012

This week last week was pretty easy going for me. I had Thursday off which made a nice change. I used my time wisely and went to the bank to upgrade my account to a student account. I now have an overdraft (not that I intend on using it). After this I decided to go Christmas shopping while I was near the shops. I had a pretty successful afternoon as I bought the majority of the presents I needed to buy. Most of them are now wrapped and stored away in my wardrobe, but I didn’t have enough paper to wrap the others.

I’ve been having problems with my wrist so I haven’t been able to hold a pen to write properly for the last few days. It’s a nightmare. It’s all linked to my DDH and my overly flexible joints. I’ve bandaged it up to give it some support but hopefully it will just get better on its own. It usually does.

On Friday my lecture was shorter than expected which I didn’t mind, especially with not being able to write. However, I finally found something that really interests me in geography. A topic that didn’t leave my mind to drift away. Oceans. Well, it was obvious really. I love oceans. I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was growing up (and I still secretly want to be one!) but biology was never my strong subject. However, the lecture on Friday has convinced me to choose Climate and Oceans as one of my optional modules next year, despite the fact I was useless at climate and weather when I was at college.

My mum and dad came to visit today. We met up and went for lunch in my favourite restaurant, M&C Steakhouse. However, I was disappointed to find out that my favourite dish, mussels, had been taken off the menu, so I had to have a burger instead. It was really nice, but still, I missed the mussels.

After lunch we went shopping. My mum said she would buy me a dress if I could find one. Nothing too expensive. Just something nice to wear over Christmas time and on Christmas day in particular. I found the perfect dress in H&M which was a complete bargain. Β£15! It fits me perfectly! I love dresses but unfortunately I don’t get a lot of opportunities to wear them. (Sorry about the crappy picture quality. I blame the awful lighting in my student accommodation.)

Here is a better picture of it on the H&M website, which also shows the detail of the back of the dress. It appears to be even cheaper online (but out of stock in this colour).

In other news, I found a flat for next year. Except, I probably won’t end up with that exact flat because it will probably be gone by September, but it has given me some idea and some inspiration. It has taken my mind off worrying about where I am going to live next year. I know I’ll find somewhere.

I’m hoping to move into a flat with Tyrone next year. He’s applying for two universities in Liverpool which means he stands a very high chance of coming to the city next year. We found a one bed room flat in a really nice block of apartments right opposite the university. It would work out cheaper than living in student accommodation, as well as coming with all the other advantages of not living in student accommodation. It has a fully fitted kitchen with a washing machine and a dishwasher. And it has a bath. A bath!! You have no idea how much I miss my bath when I’m at university.

If I could rent a flat like the one I’ve been looking at then I could see myself living in it for quite some time. When I finish my degree I plan on doing at least an extra year of studying in the city, whether it’s for a PGCE so I can teach, or a masters degree. I’ve been looking at masters degrees and there is one that particularly interests me (although it’s not linked to oceans in any way. :P). It’s on Urban Regeneration and Management. I know, I know. It’s human geography, and everybody on my course hates human geography, but I love it!

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  1. Brandee

    I’m glad you found something you’re interested in – on the other hand, I’m not interested in anything in geography or anything. What has you so intrigued about oceans? πŸ™‚

    I love the dress, it looks awesome! It was a great deal too. Is it seriously sequins all over the dress?

    I’m glad you found a good place, but more than likely if it’s as good as you say it is, it’ll probably be snapped very quickly!

  2. Brandee

    Gosh I forgot to reply to your comment – I must be losing it.

    I don’t have much creativity when it comes to layouts, πŸ™ but thanks!

    YEAH! I remember now – I remember she was in the game Batman Arkham Asylum!

    Well I guess I should try nutella sometime πŸ™‚

  3. Cat

    Wow, you got a lot of Christmas shopping done early! I’m jealous, haha. I’m still trying to figure out what to get people, and it’s pretty tough.

    I hope your wrist gets better! I think Oceans is an interesting topic too. There’s still so much we don’t know about it.

    Ooh, that’s a pretty dress. It’s so shiny! I love the color of it πŸ™‚

    I hope the flat works out. It sounds a lot nicer than student accommodations, and sharing a one bed with another person could save a lot of money πŸ™‚

  4. Jea

    OMG. Christmas shopping! ^^ I love doing that only I haven’t found the time lately. -___-

    I’m glad you had a good time with your parents. Sometimes, it feels good to take a time out and be with them after not being with them for who-knows-how-long. ^^

    That dress looks so pretty I want one! Aha. It looks better than the white one on the website. :3

    I hope you can find a flat that you’d be comfortable in. :3

  5. I still need to work on my Christmas presents. It’s great that you got most of your done.

    I hope your wrist feels better real soon.

    It’s great you are finding and exploring your interests. Oceans and sediments weren’t my favorite topics. I always liked dolphins and orcas like everyone else but I figured very early on, that I wouldn’t have the patience or passion to go through all of that marine biology.

    The dress is absolutely outrageous! Great pick! I would get it myself if you hadn’t already gotten it. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I think that would be a terrific master to take on. It sounds very interesting and less likely to be in a lab all day long.

  6. I’ve been reading a lot lately about Christmas Shopping almost everywhere :blogs, twitter, facebook! It’s a really grand procedure I think. The closest thing that I have with such kind of shopping is probably Diwali Shopping but I mostly avoid it, thanks to the horrible crowd in the markets and malls!

    Marine Biologist would be such a cool job, working with nature, especially the Oceans.

    I hope you are okay, with all those problems with your wrists.

    That dress is awesome and it’s back is really cool. I didn’t like the white shade, though.

    I hope you get a flat just like you want and I hope Tyrone would come to Liverpool too!

    Congrats again on your assignment results, Holly!