The Weekend Blog

22nd November 2014

Shelf of awesome stuff

There’s been an obvious lack on blogging her at empfire this week. As I mentioned on Twitter on Tuesday, a lack of motivation plus a busy uni life means no blogging.

I don’t want to write content that’s meaningless, and so I’d rather not write a post on a day when I’m not feeling inspired. I’ve got tonnes of posts planned for December with Christmas, New Year and lots of events going on (including going to see The Who again in a few weeks!).

On Thursday the Christmas market opened in Liverpool and on Friday Tyrone and I popped into town to take a look. We were incredibly disappointed. There are only a few stalls in the main street and the rest are tucked away in a square that you wouldn’t know existed if you were a tourist. There was also many stalls that had been present in previous years that just aren’t here this year, like the alcohol tent where you can purchase mulled wine and hot cider.

It’s a real let down. I always tell people how great the market is here but it just isn’t up to scratch this year. If you want a Christmas market to visit you are better off going to Birmingham or Manchester.

Aside from that, it’s been another boring week. University work builds up at this time of the year and it’s stressful. I’m particularly stressed because so few businesses have responded to my email regarding interviews for my dissertation. I honestly don’t know what to do if I can get 10 businesses to respond.

I just can’t wait to graduate now.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

(P.S. The image above is our Shelf of Awesomeness. Anyone else got a shelf full of awesome things?!)

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  1. I feel your pain, I just remember my last year at uni and it was by far the hardest and to be honest, wankiest year of my university career.
    Saying that though, it was still pretty awesome.
    I love Birmingham Christmas Market, it’s awesome, such a shame I live too far away now.

  2. Srey

    Dark side of the moon? I’m sold! And everything Batman!
    I don’t have a Shelf of Awesomeness, but I did have a softboard with minimalistic posters of some of my favourite tv shows, books and films. And fairy lights. I wouldn’t mind a Shelf of Awesomeness myself when I can get my hands on some collectibles πŸ™‚
    Good luck with your dissertation πŸ™‚

    • Holly

      Yep, we are big Batman fans in this flat. πŸ˜› I wish I could stick things on my wall but I rent and I’m not allowed. πŸ™

  3. Oooh I love the Who. I saw them at Glastonbury a few years back, wonderful set!
    That’s a shame about the Liverpool markets. I find the Manchester ones good, but very samey (there’s like 2 of each stall). The Birmingham ones get far too crowded for my liking! Maybe I’m just a bit bored of the market’s novelty now?!
    Good luck with your dissertation x

    • Holly

      I bet they were amazing at Glastonbury! I saw them last summer in Liverpool and I can honestly say that it was the best concert I have ever been to.

      Yeah, the Liverpool one used to be quite repetitive, but now it’s just bare. πŸ™

  4. I blog once a week on average. Mix of lack of time, motivation, and much to talk about. You should definitely hold off on posting until you can get quality stuff out. Better a few good entries than a dozen bad ones!

    Aww, that sucks that this year’s market wasn’t as good. My hometown in the Philippines also holds an annual market and carnival during the holidays. Gosh, I miss it.

    • Holly

      I agree. πŸ™‚

      I think I’m going to have to make a trip to Manchester to see a real Christmas Market this year.

  5. Melissa

    You should never blog when you don’t feel like it, bloggins should be fun after all πŸ˜‰ Too bad that the market wasn’t interesting as you hoped it will be, hope it will be bigger next year for you!


  6. It’s fine if you don’t blog as much as you’d like. It’s better to hold off blogging and not force it if you have no ideas or time. That’s pretty much me with commenting and my side project right now *o*.

    I’m sorry to hear that the early preview of Christmas decoration was not that great. Hopefully the holiday season will truly kick in one of these days!! Good luck with everything and school!!

    • Holly

      The market may have been rubbish, but I’m certainly feeling in the Christmas mood now I have my tree up. πŸ˜›

  7. Cat

    I feel the same way about blogging. If I’m not motivated nor have anything interesting to write about, I’d rather not force out an entry. It should be fun instead of feeling like a chore anyway!

    That’s too bad the Christmas market was disappointing πŸ™ Good luck on all of your uni work and on your dissertation!

    Oh, and I have a couple shelves like that πŸ˜€ I have one with my figures collection and another with rare video game merchandise!

    • Holly

      I plan on having many shelves like this when I buy my own hope and can actually put up proper shelves, rather than using the top of my bookcase. πŸ™‚

  8. The last year of university drains you so much. The stress of your FRP ruins all the other things that should be fun. Hope you get the 10 responses!
    I’m not too fussed on the markets this year. I’ve walked past a few that have smelt amazing, but putting them in Williamson Square was a strange move! I’m probably going to buy some fudge from them.

    I had a shelf of awesome things, that grew and grew and now I’ve a bookcase of awesome things. Mainly Harry Potter….

    • Holly

      Yeah, my research project is constantly on my mind and I’m fed up of it now. πŸ™

      I went to the market in the evening one week last night. Williamson Square was dead but the main street was so busy. I think that proves where it should be next year!

  9. J

    I remember being in school and working trying to have a life, it can get pretty exhausting without a proper balance, which can be hard to have. I’m kind of glad I’m not in school right now but I do want to go back for another degree or maybe certification.

    I’m not sure if we have anything like that here – stalls. It sounds pretty neat though!

    Hopefully someone will respond to you for an interview. Alot of things can seem to pile up at the end of the year but the key is to remain calm and balanced. It will all pay off soon! πŸ™‚

    Currently, I do not have a shelf of awesomeness set up, due to the fact I just moved back home but I shall be setting everything back up soon.

    • Holly

      That’s exactly why I’m taking a year out when I graduate! I love studying but it’s not enjoyable when the work load is so big.

      I hope they reply to. I’ve just out a second set of emails so I’ve got my fingers crossed.