Thursday, 29 December 2016

An Oddly Specific Tag

I haven't done a tag in a long time, mostly because I feel like it's sort of a cop-out post which is almost like cheating in the blogging world, but hey I find these posts interesting to read when other people do them so here you go!

What colour is your room?
My room at home has two dark pink walls and two white walls, my uni room is a sort of slightly boring cream colour but there's not much I can do about that.

What color is your bedding?
Currently at uni it's this lovely purple and turquoise floral number which I think was from Argos, at home it's my usual white and pink bedding which matches the walls and pretty much everything else in the room!

How many pillows do you sleep with?
I usually have two while I'm just lying in bed reading or on my phone but just before I go to sleep I tend to switch to one.

What time do you go to sleep?
It really depends on the day but usually between 11:30 and 2am. If I'm asleep before 11pm it's an absolute miracle and I'm probably ill or something.

What time do you wake up in the morning?
Again it depends but the earliest I really need to wake up (i.e. for a 9am lecture) is 7:30, and I tend to wake up naturally before 10am without even setting an alarm. Although having said that I've been waking up at more like 11am these past few days at home but then it's Christmas so it doesn't count.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Cheerios and a glass of milk, same as usual. I keep meaning to make something more substantial for breakfast like pancakes or eggs but I can never be bothered when it comes down to it.

What time is it right now?

What is the latest you have stayed up?
When I went to Iceland with school our flight was leaving at like 3am or something stupid so we didn't bother going to bed, and then when I got home I just carried on with the day - so I suppose the latest I've ever stayed up is the following evening?

What is the latest you have woken up?
Probably around 1pm after DofE or some other equally horrific occasion.

Do you have plants in your room? If so, how many?
I have a few little cacti on my windowsill at home (which my mum was meant to be taking care of but they look suspiciously dead/dying) but sadly none at uni yet.

Do you have candles in your room? If so, what scents?
Nope! Pretty sure they would set off the smoke alarm if I lit any. Also I don't trust myself with matches.

Do you have posters in your room?
At home I don't actually have anything blu-tacked to the wall because I don't want to risk damaging the paintwork, but at uni I have a world map (and a massive photowall!). I just got a scratch world map for Christmas where you scratch off all the countries you've been to and I think I'm going to take that back to uni as well.

What is your favorite thing in your room?
I suppose my laptop? But obviously that's portable, in terms of things which are fixed in my room I really love my massive bookshelf at home.

What type of toothpaste do you use?

What type of toothbrush do you use?
I use an electric one, I think it's Oral-B.

How many times a day do you brush your teeth?
At least twice, sometimes more.

How many times a day do you wash your face?
Twice a day.

When was the last time you took a shower and washed your hair?
I took a shower last night but I didn't wash my hair, I did that the night before. I'm trying to wash my hair less because it's better for it and it means the colour doesn't wash out as quickly but unfortunately I can't stand it when my hair is the slightest bit greasy!

Do you wear makeup? If so, how often?
I wear something pretty much every day, usually concealer, eyebrows and mascara at the bare minimum. If I'm actually going out somewhere (like lectures lol) I usually put on eyeliner, blush and lipstick as well, and then if I'm going to a nice event I wear foundation, eyeshadow and highlighter as well. So it all depends really!

When was the last time you wore something fancy?
I went to a Christmas formal dinner in the last week of term and I wore quite a fancy-looking dress for that - but little did everyone know it was actually £3 in the Primark sale!

What are you wearing right now?
Black leggings and a white top.

How much data have you used on your phone recently?
Since the 7th of December I've used 278 MB, but I can only use that in the UK so none of that has been since I got back on the 17th.

What is your most used app?
Is there a way to check this on your phone? According to battery usage it's YouTube but that's only cos I watched a lot of videos on it last night which I don't normally do, so apart from that either Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.

What type of phone do you have?
iPhone 6 cos I'm basic like that.

Who was the last person you actually called and talked to?
Probably my mum or grandad.

Do you have snapchat? If so, what is your longest streak?
Yes! I actually don't snapchat individual people that much, I just tend to post to my story so probably not very long.

What is your favorite song by your least favorite band?
I don't particularly have a least favourite band, or at least not one I can think of right now.

What is your least favorite song by your favorite band?
I'm going to pretend Marina & the Diamonds is a band here (because it sounds like she should be even though she isn't) and say Hermit the Frog.

Have you ever told anybody a secret of yours?

What do you have on copy and paste right now?
These questions! So I'm not going to post them haha.


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Life Update

Whoops would you look at that, somehow Christmas is over and it's already that slightly surreal period in the year where everyone is just waiting for the New Year to roll around and I still haven't published a post-first term blog post! Well obviously I have now that you're reading this but you know what I mean.

So yes, it's the end of another term and I'm finally back home recovering from the past few months, enjoying the Christmas period and trying to catch up on some reading in between Christmas TV and spending time with my family (which itself usually involves watching TV). It seems to me that I'm doomed never to simply have a boring drama-free term at uni: instead, it's always full of ups and downs in the form of absolute highlights and rock-bottom moments. When I'm at university I seem to experience everything in extremes, which is draining for someone like me who's an introverted perfectionist at the best of times. I suppose my uni years are just turning out to be a metaphor for life, which comes as a shock after years of living comfortably and averagely. But even though I'm getting quite accustomed to all the #drama, somehow it makes it all worth it that at the same time I've also had some wonderful days and unforgettable moments and ultimately made more friends than I've lost. It's definitely a goal of mine for 2017 to keep things in perspective and remember that I need to keep seeing the bigger picture and not let the extremes go out of focus.

On the plus side in academic terms things are going swimmingly, although I may regret saying that in a couple of months's time! But for the moment it's been great, as since I don't have to take any horrible physical geography modules I can now devote my full attention to studying things I actually care about. Part of this has involved the rediscovery that I actually really love learning: I love the challenge of not understanding something immediately and then going away and learning about it and gaining new perspectives only to come back with my own critical views on the subject. Also, the type of geography that I'm studying is really very close in subject matter to a lot of 'social justice' topics you see in non-mainstream news channels. Case in point: while scrolling through twitter the other night I came across an article from a feminist news site which essentially utilised and modernised the argument of an article from the early 90s that I was reading at the time. On that note I have resurrected my twitter to use for 'serious' academic purposes which means I'm following all my lecturers and interesting academic and news-related accounts and I just retweet stuff I find interesting. So please feel free to follow me if you like that sort of thing!

Anyway, I think that's all I have to say for the moment. In a couple of days I'm off back to England to see family and then back home for a week or so before I go back to uni for next term!