Well today has been rather nice considering that there has been a throbbing pain shooting up and down my spine all day.
I actually managed to wake up a little before my alarm which was set for 8am (almost never happens to me!) and got up and ready with surprising ease. I think that I’m going to have to talk to the doctor and maybe experiment a bit with the dosage of my amitriptyline because I really do wake up much more easily when I haven’t taken it.
Today is a simple day clothes and makeup wise. I’ve decided that I am going to minimise my makeup routine and start buying fewer but better quality products. Sometime soon I’ll do a post to show you what is currently in my makeup bag. I’ve pretty much made the same decision regarding clothes because wearing nice clothes makes me feel nice and I don’t feel that my style currently reflects my personality. When I was a bit younger I was really passionate about fashion and had a pretty stylish wardrobe (closet) and somehow that love just got pushed aside by schoolwork, exams, my singing etc. I want to rekindle this passion again, I’m aware that some people find a love of clothes to be materialistic but I know that wearing lovely clothes makes me feel good about myself. Ergo, it’s a positive thing in my mind.
I enjoyed a breakfast whilst staring out of the window at the beautiful blue sky. Lovely weather almost never fails to put me in a good mood, does it do that for you?
A bowl of weetabix mush (that old favourite – what can I say nothing compares!) with some really juicy raisins and skim milk. It’s so filling, the perfect start to any day really.
My morning was spent in a rather warm lecture theatre. It was a really interesting lecture, I took five pages of notes, but the lecturer has one of the most monotonous voices I think I’ve ever heard. Enough to put one to sleep. So it took a lot of effort to remain alert for the entire hour and a half. Ah uni life, so tough ;-)
Once home I set about reading this book:
Shame – Salman Rushdie. It’s an interesting book to read although I did have reservations because of the author…
I then cooked up a light lunch (I knew I was going for coffee and cake later!)
Veg stir-fry, does me nicely as a quick and tasty bowl of vegetables. I always use sesame oil when I cook stir-fries, it gives the whole thing such a lovely toasted sesame flavour.
Spent more time reading, tidying and working in the afternoon (couldn’t quite summon up the energy to do the laundry!) until meeting a friend for coffee nearby.
I love this coffee shop, it serves really good coffee plus it’s perfectly positioned so you can sit in comfy sofas and peer out of the window.
I got a cinnamon and hazelnut latte and a slice of banana cake (bliss) and Chloe got… a beer! I love that girl. To be fair, it was almost evening. Almost :-P
Anyway, enough about my day. This month, as it’s the last 4 weeks of term before the Easter holidays, I’ve decided to set myself some goals. I enjoy creating goals and they definitely motivate me.
Lose 2kg. I know, excluding this revealing post, I never talk about weight on this blog. However this is something I really want to strive for this month. The number itself isn’t that important, if I look and feel thinner and, more importantly, healthier, then that’s the main thing. But just as I like making goals for myself, it helps to have such a definite target, I’m much less likely to ‘fall off the wagon’ this way.
Complete all of my work for this term. Although I have not been very well and I am struggling physically already, it is really important to me that I complete all of my work and don’t fall behind. I will get extensions for most of my deadlines so that should help. Whilst I love reading it is actually surprisingly difficult to keep up with. This week for example I have two novels and two plays to read in their entirety as preparation for various lectures or seminars. To some that probably sounds crazy and to others easy but when you have a condition like mine it’s difficult to work for hours at a time. I struggle with reading for extended periods of time as I end up getting dizzy and no sitting positions are very comfortable.
Read 2 books purely for pleasure. Again to some two might seem like an insignificant number but bearing in mind how much I have to read for my course I’ll be incredibly pleased if I manage to read for pleasure at all. So with this in mind I think two is a good number to strive for.
Bake at least once. I’ve realised that I haven’t baked anything for weeks! This saddens me greatly so I’m going to make it my goal to bake at least once. I love baking, I find it so therapeutic and relaxing, I don’t know why I don’t do it more. I want to branch out more and try baking new things, I’ve become an expert on cupcakes, I bake a mean cookie and I’m pretty good with cakes and banana breads but there are so many bakes I’ve yet to try my hand out. Watch this space :-)
Craft a present for Tom for our anniversary. This is pretty self-explanatory. I used to love making things as a child and I want to create something special for him to treasure and to celebrate four years together (no I can’t believe it’s been that long either!).
Have you made any goals for the month? If so, what are they?
Do you prefer going for coffee or for a beer?
Have you read Shame? What did you think of it?