New Decade, New Start

Yesterday was my twentieth birthday… Twenty. Wasn’t ready for that one. I can’t tell you how much I’ve been absolutely milking the “I’m still a teenager!” excuse over the last few weeks.

The day was actually surprisingly enjoyable. It didn’t rain (SHOCKER), I had cake for breakfast (told you I wasn’t ready for my twenties), and I went to the theatre. We saw a student production of Lord of the Flies put on by the university, which was actually really good. They moved the stage so it was sort of in the middle of the audience, which worked really well, considering the story is set on an island.

Regardless of all my not-a-teen-anymore-sadness, I’m determined to start off this decade the way I mean to go on. That means getting a hold on all of my work, getting writing done regularly, looking after my health (I’ve basically had an eternal cold since about six weeks ago, and I think I moved right from one onto another…) and trying really hard to stop procrastinating on Netflix as much.

But speaking of… how good was Stranger Things season 2?!?! Best thing to have been released all year.

I think I’m doing alright on the work front. Yes, I was supposed to have finished an essay this weekend rather than be about to start it, but other than that, I think I’m on schedule. And anyway, if I finish this essay tomorrow, it’ll still be a week-and-a-half early!

This week should, theoretically, be a productive one – one of my modules isn’t running because my tutor is away at a conference, and I’ve already done basically all of my module reading aside from one play. I thought I was alright at speed reading during year one, but I have seriously sped up this year! I suppose it’ll all be in preparation for third year. I plan to fill the time with blog planning, book writing, and cleaning the house. Oh, and applying for summer work! I’m hoping to get a position abroad, so wish me luck.

For now though, an essay calls…

Katy x

 

Buried in Books

Year two at university. I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily harder than year one, but I definitely feel like I’m spending remarkably more time reading – which is saying something, considering the volume of it I did last year.

The good thing about this year is that I’m only doing three modules instead of four – which, theoretically, should equal the same amount of work, considering they equal the same number of credits. The great thing I’m finding about it, though, is that I have fewer deadlines than last year, and also my brain only has to cope with three sections of research and study, rather than four.

We’re six weeks into term now (seven if you include freshers, but who includes that?) and that means… READING WEEK! One of the great parts of an arts/humanities course is that the university seems to anticipate that by half way through the term, you’ll either be substantially behind on work, or looking at looming deadlines with dread, so they give you a week without any lectures/seminars and let you catch up.

Not going to lie though, this weekend has essentially been me and a friend lounging around the house (our three housemates were all elsewhere), watching Netflix and staying in our pyjamas for longer than is probably advisable. We were tired, okay?

But, I fully intend to make use of this reading week. I’ve got an insane amount of reading for a couple of seminars the week after next that I’m determined to get through, I have an essay due in two weeks’ time that I want out of the way so I can work on other deadlines that week, I need to read a play for the week after next and do research for another deadline.

And it’s my birthday next weekend, which I’m trying not to think too much about because I won’t be a teenager anymore! A friend tried to console me the other day by telling me that various psychology studies believe adolescence lasts until you’re thirty. A different friend is feeling the exact same sense of woe because she turns twenty the week after I do. My parents think I’m being dramatic. *dramatic sigh*

Either way, it’s about time for me to get back to the pile of books and journals and research and notebooks sitting waiting for me…

Katy x

Ohh Deer Haul!

Recently Ohh Deer had a sale on and so of course, being a stationery addict, I couldn’t resist.

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In the end, I bought six cards, three desk pads, and an A4 notebook I’ve loved on the website for months. These are the pads:

I love these. A lot. I’m almost at the end of a desk pad I bought at Waterstones at the moment, which is a Note to Self pad, and they’re just great for visual organisation. I bought one in red, called Plan of Attack, a green one called I’m Going to Kick Today’s Ass, and a blue one called Let’s Get This Shit Done. Each hold 60 tear-off pages.

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Next came three square cards. The cards on Ohh Deer are really amazing quality, they’re all made in the UK with FSC approved material, some of them are made on recycled card, and they’re all amazing designs. They’re cute, funny, sassy or humorously rude, and you can be sure that whenever it’s someone’s birthday, you won’t be giving them the same card everyone else got them from the Card Factory.

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And three smaller cards! Honestly, some of these will probably just be wall decorations rather than cards I send to people – much in the same way I buy postcards for the designs rather than to use as postcards. I did, however, get another card for my mum’s birthday, which I posted the other day so it’s not pictured.

Then, of course, there’s the notebook! If you know me, you know I can’t resist a good notebook. I have loads of them. I use loads of them. You can’t go wrong with a notebook. This was made in collaboration with Urban Outfitters, is quarterbound, and is kinda hefty – it’s not one you’d want to take lugging around everywhere. What I found cool about this one, though, is that the inside pages alternate blank and lined.

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So that’s everything I got this time around – you can check out the last Ohh Deer haul I did here, and please excuse my not all that great photography… these were taken on my phone in my uni room, so no fancy lighting or marble surfaces here… But I would definitely recommend checking Ohh Deer out – they do homeware, gifts and clothing as well and all of it is amazing.

Katy x

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Disclaimer: all of these were bought with my own money, and opinions are my own.