The Weekend Blog

18th October 2014

Wellington Boots

Being stuck in a peat blog, coring for samples of peat, is never a good time to discover that your wellingtons are no longer waterproof.

Cold, damp feet on a cold, damp day is not exactly what you want when you are doing field work.

None the less, I’ve purchased a new pair of wellies in time for our field trip to a river next week. Primark’s finest. Let’s just hope they’re waterproof.

This week I celebrated 10 years of my new hip socket and 5 years of being with Tyrone. I also convinced myself that I do want to work towards a PhD after I graduate but I will still probably take a year out to work and fully decide on what I want to do. Perhaps I’ll be dying to get back into education, but maybe I’ll be happy working and finally earning some real money. Who knows?!

It was nice to catch up with all my friends from my course now they’re back from Greece. Of course, they made me jealous with their beautiful photos but one of my friends bought me back a bracelet which was really sweet of her to think about me.

I am dedicating this weekend to completing the literature review for my research project/dissertation, and then next week to filling in my ethical forms for collecting data. University is certainly tougher this year but I’m taking it all in my stride. I’m trying to be a happier person than I was this time last year.

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  1. I loved those new boots of yours!

    Happy Anniversary for both the things, Holly!

    Making a decision of what to do after graduation is always a difficult one, but it should be taken at least 6 months before you graduate so that you can meet the application deadlines, for a job or for further studies… πŸ˜€

    • Holly

      Thank you. πŸ™‚

      It’s always feels like I’m running out of time when I have to make decisions. The same happened when I was applying for university.

  2. Jamie

    Hey, completely understandable to be jealous of your friends getting back from their trip. I was the same when a friend of mine went to Italy and visited the leaning tower of Pisa (however you spell it?). The only place that I’ve gotten to travel outside of California to was Vegas (whoopie doo for someone who doesn’t like to drink or gamble). But at least I’ve gotten to go to San Francisco.

    Your Wellington’s are pretty slick. I don’t think I can pull off wearing boots (I’m just not into boots, and on top of that, I’m more of a shoe kind of girl). But I do like the way they look.

    • Holly

      Yep, that’s how you spell it. πŸ™‚ Seeing the Leaning Tower is something special so I can understand your jealously. I’m sure you will get to visit there someday. Oh, and if you do, make a stop off in Florence because it’s so close and very beautiful. πŸ˜€

      I certainly don’t pull off the wellies look. I only wear them when I have to.

  3. I’m totally digging the pattern of your boots! Hopefully it’ll be effective against that river flow and mud! There’s nothing like protecting yourself against the water while looking stylish, right?

    Hurray for passing the 10 year anniversary of your new hip socket! Hope you’ll still be going strong for many, many years to come. Whichever path you truly decide at the end, I’m sure it will be worth everything! Go Dr. Holly :P!

    Good luck with all of your work this weekend!

    • Holly

      I’d like to think the boots will brighten up what will probably turn out to be a dark, damp, miserable day!

      Thank you. πŸ™‚

  4. elena

    The new wellies look really cute!

    Happy aniversary! And I love how you are setting goals to be a happier person. It is inspiering me to do the same thing.

    It feels like it is impossible to figurer out what you want to do with your life. But I think it is a great idea to work for a year an then decide what you want to do. In my case my gap year (before I starter norwegian university) really motivated me to get an education. I missed being in school even though it is tougher than I though it would be.

    • Holly

      Thank you! I’ve also found that keeping busy helps to make me a happier person because I have less time to stop and think.

      I’m hoping that a gap year will do the same for me. πŸ™‚

  5. Melissa

    Oh I really love your new boots, love the print on it πŸ™‚ It looks so cute and girly πŸ˜€ Hope that these beauties will stay waterproof for a longer time πŸ™‚

    10 year anniversary of your new hip socket?! That’s is something to be really happy about, congrats! πŸ˜€ Also, congratulations on your 5 year anniversary with Tyrone! πŸ˜‰


  6. “Trying to be happier than I was last year”

    That is exactly how I feel too.

    • Holly

      It’s not been easy, but when I look back at my blog posts from this time last year and remember just how miserable I was, I’m glad I’m doing everything I can to change. πŸ™‚

  7. Those are some cute boots!

    Congrats on ten years and also five years! It’s really tough to make a decision especially when you feel like time’s not on your side. But if you feel like you need a year off to figure yourself out, you should. There’s no shame in that. You’re still young, and it’s never too late to go back to school later.

    • Holly

      Thank you! It’s difficult to know what to do when so many of my close friends and family seem to be trying to control my decisions. πŸ™ I will probably take a year out and perhaps earn enough money to do a little extra travelling. πŸ™‚

  8. Cat

    Love the pattern on those boots! Hopefully your new ones are waterproof because I agree, damp cold feet are not fun.

    Taking a year out to work sounds like a good idea. I did the same and ended up not going for a graduate degree after all. A few of my friends went back to school though. Sometimes you don’t know how it’ll turn out until you’re out in the working world πŸ™‚

    That was sweet of your friend to bring you back a bracelet! Good luck on your literature review!

    • Holly

      I shall be putting them to the test tomorrow!

      That’s exactly how I’m feeling. I will give the working world a try, and if I hate it then I will try and postpone it for a little more with post graduate study, haha!!