Merry Christmas

Hey all!

Just wanted to post quickly  a Merry Christmas to you all and a happy new year!

I’m not going to be posting for the next couple of weeks due to more serious attempts at revision for my January exams and just to spend more time switched off over Christmas.

I’m happy to be back with my family for a bit, although it’s kinda weird coming back too…

The first term has taken more out of me than I realized – I slept so much in my first week back and I’m still sleeping well past my alarm even now!

I’ve managed to get everyone’s presents and a few extra so feeling proud, although my wrapping skills need some work!

That’s it for now then – hope everyone has a great end to their 2015!

 

P.S had a few sweet potatoes left over and decided to make Deliciously Ella’s amazing sweet potato brownies! They taste literally like fudge – amazing!! Here’s a link to the recipe on her site – she’s a really gifted cook 🙂

http://deliciouslyella.com/vegan-sweet-potato-brownies-gluten-free/

 

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Hey all – nope I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet!

I’ve been working and competing and break dancing my socks off and I’m about ready to go home, although I know that this means revision will begin. So more work basically!

I didn’t win at my gymnastics competition – I did really well considering it was my first comp but I was against a load of other girls who’d clearly done gymnastics before but had a break and were entered at a level lower than their true ability. But oh well the journey there and back was hilarious – Jamie, another gymnast from the uni, pinched my Russian course book and tried to test me on everything, except he had no idea what I was even saying and if I was even right or not! Our coach just laughed at us the whole way 🙂 Jamie won in his division and brought home a medal.

  

To watch some clips of his routine go here: https://youtu.be/Y-_vR2H2DJE

The flash mob rehearsals are well under way – we have one every evening this week until the actual day, and even then we have one beforehand. It’s going to be so cool. I just wish I could find time to practice a bit more on my own!

The Spanish department sprung an assessment on us today which is due in on Friday so I am trying to work on that along with a formative I somehow missed for my Russian course… so, busy, basically. And I’m so tired – it has to be the end of term pack-it-in syndrome everyone gets!

Still, I’m powering it through on sweet potatoes, mung beans and tonnes of bananas and water!

Oh, and homemade raspberry icecream…. heehee 🙂 [Try out the recipe, it’s sooo good 🙂  ].

My flat is feeling appropriately Christmassy, hosting a flat Christmas meal (Although I had to bow out of this one due to communication errors and having promised a step up movie marathon with the other b-girls from break dance). This time I got to be in the photo though.

  

I’ve been reading a really interesting book called the Starch Solution which has really opened my eyes re nutrition and the way everything works. It’s a good read, and I really recommend it. It’s amazing how little effort is required to have good health, and how much the food industries deceive us about what’s ‘healthy’. This topic is close to my heart and I really believe that what you eat can have a massive effect on not just you but the world too. I don’t want to get into this too much now – It’s late at my end and I’m about to head to bed (as usual when writing these posts!) but I think we should all consider this sort of thing as its a new science being explored more and more today.

Anyway… I’m trying to gather my thoughts about what to take home over the holidays. Ha! I’m actually having a ‘holiday’ by going home. I haven’t had a holiday since the summer of 2014… I worked all the way through my 2015 summer.

First shift at the Ram Bar tomorrow… wish me luck! (and a good night’s sleep! I reckon most of this tiredness comes from the low impact cardio of walking up hills all day to get to lectures!!)

I’m going home this weekend 🙂

It’s almost Christmas!!!!

I honestly can’t believe today is the first of December. Where did all of that time go? My flat is planning on doing a flat Christmas dinner this Sunday to celebrate 🙂 We haven’t managed to get decorations up yet but we’ve seen how festive F1 (two flats below us) has already got tinsel and fairy lights in the kitchen so the competition is officially ON.

Speaking of celebrations – I am now finally free of the Magdalen Chapter Hotel, although I will miss some of my colleagues. I will begin at the Ram Bar (student bar on site) next week which I am so looking forward to! I also have been paid finally by the hotel, which means I can get Christmas presents, hopefully get a new laptop (my current one is old, slow and dying!), and possibly go on a weekend away with Grace church. Who knows??

I went to Zizzis last night with the girls from my flat (minus Ellen, who had a Christmas party to go to) and it was so special. 

  
We also got a whopping 40% off all of our meals with my NUS card which was AMAZING. Mine only cost £8.60 in the end and the others’ were around £11-15 each! I totally recommend them. 

  

  
We then went around town snapping some funny pictures with all of the Christmas lights and Christmas trees on display 🙂 It also turns out that I’m not the only one having difficulties with some of the guys in our flat – most of the girls admitted that they didn’t like them either and that they were sad to hear about all of the pointed questions and jokes they make to me about my faith etc.

It’s been sooo windy down here in Exeter recently – almost as bad as those funny strong wind videos in Norway I’ve seen on Facebook recently. It’s not been too cold, but we’ve had some bitter northerly winds. Amazingly, my Raynaud’s seems to have cleared up. (For those who don’t know, it’s a circulatory condition where if you don’t regulate your body temperature then the blood flow gets restricted to fingers/toes/extremities and then once it goes back they swell up/go white/red and it can get itchy and horrid. Or they go purple. It can go away naturally or it can lead to further problems such as gangrene if it worsens. Lovely.)

But I don’t seem to have it anymore. Which is amazing. Literally, at this time of year I live, breath and sleep in finger-less gloves and ski mittens to try and keep my fingers warm, and double or even triple pairs of socks.

But this year that hasn’t happened, and even if it’s not that cold down here, often when its cold, then warmer, then cold again that can be the worst time. I’ve been walking around without gloves on over the last week – ok maybe putting them in my pockets occasionally – but they are fine!

We’ve been praying for this to go away for a while in my church back home and my family. So it’s a bit of a miracle – and it means going to Russia in the winter months is a bit more inviting! I also think my diet has helped. I eat very plant based at the moment, especially as I can’t really afford meat, and this has been known to help clear up heart disease and other circulatory conditions etc. So wow. Wowee. 🙂

I’m being a bit cheeky writing this now as I have a lecture in approximately 13 minutes…. but fortunately it’s in the forum on the ground floor which is only 8 minutes quick walk away. I do love to push things!

Until later!