Loose Posters & Spider Cleavage (When it’s Hot in England)

We Brits are well known for complaining about the weather. If it’s cold, we don’t like it. If it’s hot, we can’t cope with it. If it snows, we think it’s pretty initially, then a pain in the arse to drive in. Essentially, if it’s anything other than a mid-range temperature where you’re not hot but not cold (i.e. on extremely rare occasions), we will find something to complain about.

So I came home for the summer the weekend before last, having spent the majority of the past nine months in windy, windy Liverpool. Did I mention it’s windy up there? Anyway, so I come home and suddenly the country has a heat wave! It is not windy where I live. I honestly think my town could run for the least windy part of the UK. As I look out of my window at the trees right now, there are about four tree branches that are vaguely shifting maybe a couple of inches side to side. The rest of them? Still.

Anyway, this past weekend has been especially hot. 32C, or 89F, which may sound cool enough to those of you from countries that are meant to be hot, but heat in England is way hotter than heat in a hot country. I don’t know how it works, but our land and our buildings and the fact we only have heating, not air con, means we cannot cope.

I’ve adopted a fan in my room which hasn’t really been off much for the past week. And early on Saturday morning I woke up to a persistent flapping sound every few seconds. Turns out that the fan had loosened half of the blu tac holding up the poster I have above my head. There was some debate going on in my head – you know, do I leave it there and risk it falling on my face when I go back to sleep… and so I ended up standing on my pillow at half five in the morning, putting the poster back up.

land army poster
(The poster in question)

Then on Sunday, father’s day here in the UK, I went to the outhouse to grab an ice lolly (that’s where we keep our freezer), when a spider came out of nowhere, and fell into the cleavage of the playsuit I was wearing, causing me to freak out. I thought it simply fell through from the top and out of the bottom, ’cause it’s a short playsuit, but I wasn’t 100% sure. So I go back inside, place the lolly on the counter, and then notice it crawling up out of my cleavage! I’m an arachnophobe, if you don’t know, and so there was much squealing and flapping around, then it ended up in my hair and there was more squealing and flapping around, until eventually it fell onto the floor.

And finally, today, I checked behind my curtain, where there was a new candle I’d forgotten existed, which had melted from the heat and sun coming through my window, leaving a huge puddle of wax on hte windowsill… What’s been happening this week?!

Either way, I’m trying to be productive in this jobless time, and have been working on my writing. Not blog writing yet, but other writing, and I feel like I’ve been making good progress. Hopefully I’ll get this project I’m working on done soon enough, and then I’ll probably be able to focus more on other things. For now, I’m just typing away.

Katy x

Marshmallows & Magazines

Hello! This is officially my second day at home for the summer, having spent the weekend finishing packing up my flat and moving back home. I feel like you can never quite anticipate how many things you accumulate in the process of living at uni for a year, particularly when self-catered, until it actually happens.

I spent all of yesterday unpacking the two large suitcases it took to contain my entire uni wardrobe and towels, as well as sorting out some old stuff to go to charity or elsewhere, and putting away various boxes of shoes and toiletries. I have an abundance of the latter at the moment due to having the same things at home and at uni so that I wouldn’t have to transport them back and forth… So now I’ve got cleansers a-plenty!

What was nice was coming home to the arrival of the new Blogosphere magazine, as well as an array of stationery-type things from my mum, and a bag she bought me in Spain. While I unpacked I found some marshmallows and had a hot chocolate in one of the mugs I missed while I was at uni (it’s from the Elephant Café in Edinburgh, where J.K. Rowling wrote a fair amount of Harry Potter). It’s the small things that count, right?

the one i am using

So now that most of my unpacking has been done, I have to think about summer. Largely in terms of employment. Despite applying for dozens of things, my streak of rejection has not yet come to an end! Which means that I will likely end up visiting an agency again. Who knows what I’ll end up doing? Keeping optimistic about the jobs market is something I’m not sure anybody has mastered, but we try regardless.

I’m also hoping for some exciting things to happen! Despite living just outside of London my entire life, there are tonnes of tourist-y things I’ve never done there, so me and my mum are planning to do a few of those. Plus I may be going up to York at some point, and there are various other things I might be doing, and if it all works out, there should be some good posts going up over the next couple of months!

For now, though, that’s all – I’ll see you on Thursday with another post!

Katy x

Day to Day #2

Today is exactly half way through my time at home over the Easter break, and so far it’s not been anywhere near as productive as I’d have liked. I don’t know what it is, but I really hate working at home – I usually end up staying in my bedroom at my tiny desk (which is actually a dressing table and my chair doesn’t even fit between the legs). I find it really hard to get into the mindset of being productive while I’m here.

What have I managed to do so far? I’ve met up with friends twice. We’ve had a party for my brother’s birthday which involved a heck of a lot of cake. I’ve reread Heart of Darkness, which I did read a few weeks ago but I did it so quickly I had literally no memory of it. I’ve read a few journals about Heart of Darkness, none of which seem to be particularly helpful for the essay I’m writing. Oh, and I had a haircut.

So far, I haven’t managed to make it out with the camera. I have done some workouts, but not as many as I should’ve. And I haven’t even opened the book I’m meant to be writing.

BUT I mustn’t let this all get me down. Eleven days is a long time to have passed, but it can be a long time to go, too. Tomorrow I’m going shopping with my mum, and on Thursday I’m going to Kew Gardens – where I actually will take photos – and then I’ll have from Friday to the following Saturday relatively plans-free.

Although I might meet up with some friends for the F1 race again. Some things you just have to do!

I think one of my problems at the moment is that everything I need to do is sort of muddled in the back of my mind somewhere, so after I finish writing this I’ll probably go and make a proper list of what needs doing and when. I feel a bit like I’ve been thrown a curveball though, as I’ve just found out when my exam dates are for this semester – thankfully they’re not until the end of May, but still.

Another thing that’s been playing on my mind is that I really need to sort out healthier breakfasts for myself at university. I’ve been thinking this for a while, but it’s really something I should sort out. My issue is that because of various dietary things, I can’t do the standard granola and yoghurt, or whatever. I’m thinking I’ll try to make healthy pancakes from time to time, eat apples more (they’re my go-to fruit alongside grapes), and maybe Ready-Brek. I can eat that one.

I don’t really have much else to say today! I’m sorry if this has been a bit boring, I just wanted to get something up. I probably won’t be posting on Thursday because I’ll probably still be in London, so this is kind of it until Saturday. But hopefully that one will be a good one!

If you feel like helping a gal out, I’d appreciate a good ol’ follow over on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook… I promise my posts are usually better than this. Thank you muchly!

Katy x