Category Archives: My Life

Peaches, Curry and Postmodernity

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levitra cost in india treat The season is changing. All the time, at these times of year, you have conversations that go “I LOVE the heat, winter blargh!” and “I can’t wait for the soupy cosiness of autumn”. I’m firmly in camp autumn. Firmly. I don’t think anyone really likes being cold, or weeks of grey skies and rain, or a nose turned pink after huddling up a hill in the dark after work because yes it’s dark when you finish now. Nope. BUT I do very, very much like a cooler clime. See, I don’t do well in the heat. I shrivel up into a prune. I become as useful as sock without it’s pair. Or a broken rubber band. I turn into a floppy heap. So yeah, I’m excited about this change in the air. The literal change of a wisp of cool. And so here are just some things happening now at the turn of the season. Continue reading

This Weekend: Some Photos

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translate orlistat reviews uk Hi everyone. Is everyone feeling as depressed as am that it is Sunday evening? I always get a touch of the Sunday blues. On a less grey note, this weekend I did not have to work OR study which is basically a work of God, or just, ya know, timing. I decided at some point that despite the high 20s heat I would not retreat to my bed a la sloth but would in fact Do Nice Things. Here are some of the nice things. Continue reading

Coz you’ve had a bad day… Posy

You know those days? Yeah…those days. They really blow all of the wind right out of you and make you feel flat as an omelet…and also a bit teary and mopey. Sometimes you have those days where you want to shout, and may in fact shout at anyone who is willing to listen, why is adulting SO HARD. I just want to play on the swings and eat coke bottles out of a little, white paper bag. Well, today was one of those days: I wanted to sock one of my customers and also shout at him a bit and ask him “where did your manners go?”. In another matter, I got a no instead of a yes. I also wondered why on earth adults twice my age are so utterly hopeless at basic, polite communication. I cried quietly behind a closed door and loudly in my fiances big, warm hug. I cringed at the polar blast as I lumbered along in the half-rain to my Pilates class with an achey head and a heavy heart (it’s the middle of November!! Why does it feel like it’s snowing?).

And then I buried my nose in my warm cats belly and breathed in his wheaty smell and grinned at his paw dabbing my head. I opened a special and very timely package from my good pal. I drank nice tea out of a new favourite mug. Martin Luther King’s “darkness cannot drive out darkness” looped through my mind and I thought of Paris, I thought, it’s just a bad day, it’s microscopic, I’m so lucky. I cooked a pot of bubbly, fragrant dahl – a staple – and felt it’s warmth spread through me and fill me to the brim. I snuggled in my tartan sleeping bag and looked at the pretty posy on my coffee table. I breathed out.

Let yourself have bad days and let them fade away. Don’t let them keep you. Smell your cat. Cook the special, or simple, dinner. Fold yourself in hugs. Sit in the sun or hunker under a boofy quilt. Sleep it off (shake it off is so last year).

And, if you don’t have a cat, there is always pumpkin the raccoon.

Two Towns

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Hello! I’m pretty excited because today I’m writing a post in collaboration with my friend Jacquie who lives at birdandfox. I think that one of the interesting things about reading blogs is that you get to see that all sorts of people are dotted all over the world. The world is big! This is my (tiny) corner of it. Jacquie and I each came up with some questions to answer about the place where we live. Fun? I can’t wait to read Jac’s post! And here is a snippet of my corner of the world neck of the woods other idiom.

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A Tale of Two Exams


Hi friends. I hope you are having a really nice Saturday. The sun is out properly here. It actually feels a bit like summer! Today I sat an exam, which signals the end of this paper and this semester (all going to plan, fingers crossed etc). Phew! Thank heavens that is DONE. It honestly feels like you have clouds inside you, post-exam. Or sunshine. Or something more accurate and less crappy poetry. The interesting thing is that I can’t help but think back 5 months to the last exam I sat. The one where two days later I got on a plane and flew to Germany. That one. The one where it was June and it was cold and gloomy. And there were screeds of thoughts racing through my mind. The one where I was close to freaking out and oddly calm. Continue reading

A Lovely Update

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Hi blog friends. Wow, it looks like it’s been a while since I wrote a post, ae? That’s maybe a bit slack on my part but to be fair October has been a super busy month, with all the things that I do that aren’t blog-related (or blog-worthy, ahem, exam revision). Does this happen to you? Everything seems to happen in the same month. I can tell you that in October, up and down the country are students just as square-eyed and brain-pickled as me, facing exams over the next few weeks (go well, fellow students!). I’m lucky in that I only have one exam, but one can be enough to throw you into a spin (especially when you basically slacked off for the last 12 weeks – don’t do that). Here are some things that I’ve been doing (other than squinting at terms like ‘agenda setting’). Continue reading