Month: October 2011

Gone Living For The Day, Back Later!

Hey bloggies!

Sorry for my absence last night, I was off having fun with this girl:

My wonderful, amazing and hilarious little sister 🙂

She’s come to spend the weekend with me and I couldn’t be happier to see her!

So I didn’t post yesterday because I was out and about having a fantastic time with her. I’ve introduced her to some of my friends and today I’m going to take her into the city centre to show her around, eat good food and maybe do some shopping.

I’m planning on posting tonight to tell you all about it but don’t be cross with me if I don’t have time, it’s so nice to have someone here who completely gets me. We’re really close and it’s lovely to be able to catch up and spend time together 🙂

I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far!

Sophie x


Are You Sensing A Pattern Here?

I feel like my blog is revolving around the theme of my health at the moment which was definitely never the plan!

But what was the plan was to write openly and honestly and not just to put up a front and act as though everything was positive and perfect so I guess I don’t mind.

My condition isn’t playing a key role today other than the fact that the exhaustion of this life has caused my body to just slump and my immune system to give in so I have finally caught my own little bit of “freshers’ flu” in the form of a heavy cold. Just my luck 😛

So of course, because of my cold I woke up about five times in the night between 2am and 6am and as a consequence, I slept straight through my alarm and woke up half an hour before I had to leave. Not the plan. The plan was to wash my hair and have the time to make myself a tasty, energy-giving breakfast. Oh well, a banana on the go it is then!

So when I got back three hours later I whipped myself up one of my favourite feeling poorly foods:

A bowl of sort-of-overnight oats (read 10 minutes in the fridge) eaten simply with a large sprinkle of cinnamon mixed in. Yummy and comforting with the added bonus of not unsettling my stomach AND spices help with congestion!

I stayed in my room for a few hours and did some reading, funnily enough with an English degree you have a lot of reading to do 😛

Not so funny is the amount you have to spend on said books…the list of core books that we are expected to read week by week is pretty long and today I had to go in and buy the next few: £30!! It’s a good job I don’t go out very often and spend lots on alcohol really.

My third meal of the day (I can’t really define any of them as particular meals – they were all a bit random) was again aiming for comfort:

A whole wheat english muffin toasted and topped with lovely melting honey and a side of strawberries. There is nothing like toast to make you feel better when you’re a bit poorly!

Over the course of the afternoon I also snacked on a packet of my favourite crisps which are only reserved for special occasions (being ill definitely counts!). They are the Walkers Sensations sweet chilli crisps and they are, in my mind at least, sooo good! Seriously though whilst there is nothing remotely healthy about them, they are known as ‘magic crisps’ among my friends because they really do make my mood increase 😛

Anyway enough of the silliness, I’m off to the land of dreams, I’m utterly exhausted. Thank goodness it’s almost the weekend!

What do you like to eat when you’re under the weather?

Sophie x

What I Ate Wednesday No. 13

Hey Bloggieboos 🙂

Today has most definitely been a better day at last!

I was super productive and…

…it’s time for another fantastic, fabulous, fun and food-filled WIAW!

It’s going to have to be a fairly quick one because I need to get to bed soon so I will just leave you with the images of my delicious eats:

A whole wheat English muffin topped with apricot jam. I adore English muffins, at home they were somewhat of a treat but here I can get them pretty cheap so I buy them instead of plain old bread. Much better in my opinion!

Lunch was another whole wheat item, this time a bagel topped with garlic mushrooms, eaten up with a side of cherry tomatoes. It was really delicious. I used to hate mushrooms because of their texture but they’re really growing on me! Plus my love of garlic knows practically no bounds, it must be my French side 🙂

My snack this afternoon was really a second breakfast 😉
But lets be honest, breakfast is the best meal of the day!
I enjoyed a bowl of oats and weetabix mush with raisins and pumpkin seeds mixed in. A good way to get whole grains, fruit, protein and calcium all in one bowl if you ask me

 Dinner was the last of my lovely roast ratatouille, for which the recipe may be coming sometime soon :-). I enjoyed it with some cheat spicy couscous and a side of Poetry: The Basics like the good student I am!

The meal was finished off with some delicious strawberries. I know, I know, indulgence for a student but I just couldn’t resist, it’s not like I spend lots on much else!

In other un-related news I spent £7.50 on five books today from the Oxfam bookshop, I love secondhand bookshops, they feed my love of books. I definitely would not be able to afford them brand new!

And even more exciting is the fact that my sister is coming to stay on Friday!! I can’t wait to see her, we’re really close and I’ve missed her since I’ve been here! My parents are bringing her up which is nice as it means I get to see them too and they’re even going to take us out for a meal 🙂

Well I hope you’ve  all had a good Wednesday!

What’s the very best thing you’ve eaten today?
Do you love breakfast food as much as I do? 

Sophie x

A New Day

Well hello there!

Doesn’t life enjoy throwing curve balls at you? After yesterday’s bad news and unhappy post I decided that no matter what today’s post would be positive!

This morning I woke up and I have to admit I just felt a bit…crap.

But I can pick myself back up and so I decided that I would stay in bed for an extra hour and just let my stiffness decrease by gradually moving my legs and back.

And I did feel a bit better afterwards and so obviously lie ins are a good idea 😉

I’m afraid my breakfast was just a bowl of plain weetabix. Nothing photograph worthy.

Speaking of photography, I don’t know if you remember way back when (I can’t believe it’s been almost four weeks!) I joined a bunch of societies at the Freshers’ Fair and one of these was Photography. Well I got my first email from them and there are some really good sounding classes next week 🙂

So that’s a positive!

And I have a few more for you:

Thank you Julie for the idea of putting my little things on leaves 🙂

Now for the other positive things in my life today:

Apple turnovers are pretty much one of my all time favourite things to eat!

I don’t care how healthy or unhealthy they are.

I don’t care how many calories, how much fat/saturated far or sugar they contain.

They are just so delicious I don’t want to care and I find I just can’t.

So yes if anyone has a quick, easy and cheap recipe for these that can link me up to I’d be very appreciative 🙂

Not all of today was positive but I’m not going to talk about anything negative today, I’ve had enough of negativity thank you very much!

My dinner was a pretty positive thing too:

But then again, when it comes to me anything involving pasta is a positive thing 😛

And to end my day on a positive note I’ve been watching this:

Not all of it is to my taste but there’s nothing like a bit of comedy to cheer you up!

Now once again I find myself saying another huge thank you for all of your support and your lovely lovely comments. I feel like I’m constantly saying this but it’s because you are just so damn wonderful! Seriously, I’ve never come across a nicer bunch of people 🙂
So thank you everyone, you’re the best!

What food can you always rely on to cheer you up? When you’re eating your favourite (non-healthy) food do you worry about the unhealthiness, the calories etc?

Sophie x






I’m Struggling

Hey everybody!

I feel like in the last few days my blog has been up and down and all over the place.

I’m sorry for this but the simple explanation is that it is echoing my mood.

And today my mood is low.

It’s a shame because the day started really well.

I had my favourite weetabix mush for the first time in weeks thanks to the addition of fresh strawberries and it tasted so good! I think the were completely worth the slight splurge.

My morning and early afternoon were really quite productive: I did my laundry, tidied and hoovered my room, cleaned my bathroom and did quite a bit of reading.

However this afternoon was more difficult, I ended up doing a bit more standing/walking than intended. Plus I think the chores from this morning caused a build up so when I had to sit in a lecture (which wasn’t as interesting as last week either) for an hour and a half I ended up in quite a lot of pain.

Then, this evening, I got a rather upsetting phone call. My mother got the results of my blood work and my MRI and they are both negative. I know to the average person that might sound like a positive outcome but when you have been dealing with an un-diagnosed condition for the past five years it is not what you want to hear. Especially when it means you are back to square one and no closer to having any kind of pain medication to help with a newly challenging life.

Ahhh!!! (I’m sorry I just needed to take my frustration out!)

So I’ve cried. I’ve gone through my extensive research to figure out what the next step is. And I’ve read all of your lovely positive comments. I can’t say I feel much better but I am so grateful to all of you.

And I promise tomorrow I will be back with an interesting and hopefully positive post!

Hope you all had a good Monday.

Sophie x

50 Days of the Little Things – Positivity Encapsulated

Hello my lovelies 🙂

This is a bit of an early post because I went to the gym this afternoon and I’m feeling quite sore so I’ve decided to take some time off work because my concentration levels when I’m in pain are pretty poor!

I’ve been doing some blog reading and this is what has brought around today’s post.

For those of you that don’t read Julie’s blog over at Savvy Eats you need to get yourself over there now. She has gorgeous photos and really lovely content, she has one of the best positive outlooks on life you’ll ever come across!

One of my favourite of her ideas is her “It’s the Little Things” concept where she regularly posts the little things in her life that are having a positive impact on her. She is currently doing a serious called “50 Days of the Little Things” and I love it so I’ve decided to join in 🙂

So here are my little things for today:

  • This morning Trelawney brought me the Observer Food magazine because there is a certain someone on the cover… I love Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall! I’ve watched all of his programs and at home we have several of his books. He has such a down-to-earth manner and he campaigns for things I really believe in. Plus his homely recipes (particularly the lovely autumnal ones) are fantastic.

  • The gorgeous Autumn weather. It’s lovely outside today. Walking across campus to go to the gym was just the breath of fresh air that I needed. I adore the colours of the leaves, the golds, the reds and the browns and I love the crisp feel in the air.
  • Going to the gym – it really feels so good to be going to the gym again!

  • My lovely warm slippers. So so cozy in this colder weather 🙂

  • My wonderful, gorgeous, luxurious fountain pen. It was a very special leaving present from my parents and it is just an absolute joy to write with! I love it and every time I hold it I’m reminded of my lovely mother and father and it makes me smile :-).
So there you have the little things that have made today that much nicer. This post follows on well from yesterday and I do think that if you take the time to stop and think about the little things in your life it can really make you feel positive!
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend 🙂
What are the little things in your life right now?
Sophie x

“Life Isn’t About Waiting For The Storm To Pass”

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” (Anon)

I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately, ever since my mum sent my the image.

For me it is a particularly poignant quote in light of my condition. And speaking of which I just want to say a huge thank you for all of your wonderful comments and support. It really really means a lot to me that I have such lovely readers!

As I said in yesterday’s post I am struggling with my new life in terms of my physical issues. When I lived back at home full-time I never used to think of myself as handicapped let alone as actually being disabled. However coming to university, being independent and not having the comfort blanket of routine has shown me that I have to accept that I am now essentially disabled.

I walk with a cane.

I can’t walk for much longer than 15 minutes before feeling the ache grow and the exhaustion starting to mount.

I have to miss out on lots of student experiences because I just couldn’t physically take part.

But this quote reminds me that I can’t just sit passively and dwell on the pain and the struggle. For me, it’s as though there is a permanent storm above me and if I try to wait it out, I’ll be waiting forever. So I have to learn to “dance in the rain” so to speak.

And I think this doesn’t just apply to people like me with medical conditions. I think it can be applied to everybody’s life. People always get scared to try new things, worried about the consequences of putting themselves out there or too nervous to just let go of things holding them back. So everyone needs to get out there and dance, twirl and leap in the rain!

As a joke this morning Trelawney brought me round a little chocolate santa! I quickly set about beheading him and then gobbling up the rest of his rotund form :-P. Don’t worry I don’t start getting excited for Christmas till late November, I’m not a fan of commercialization!

Say hello to the beautiful Trelawney :-). We’ve been having a great time exploring both the uni and the city discovering all of the nicest cafes and restaurants. (Apologies for the slightly blurry photo!)

And because she’s so lovely she also brought me over a delicious (and again, completely out of season!) hot cross bun :-). Which I enjoyed with lovely melted butter and my splurge of the week: strawberries!

Today has been taken up by blog reading (it’s a must for my weekends), food shopping, work and just relaxing and chatting in the evening. As a consequence of my food shopping I was able to enjoy a lovely, veg filled dinner:

Veggie stir fry made up of broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper and mushrooms. Yummy!

And just so that you don’t think I’ve been eating ridiculously lightly today (not that I EVER post everything I eat!) I shall show you what I’ve been nibbling on throughout the afternoon:

Spicy bombay mix. There is nothing particularly healthy about it but I just love the dried chickpeas and the dried peas covered in spices.

Anyway I’d best say goodnight because I have quite a busy day tomorrow!

What quotes keep you going and help you stay positive?
When do you start getting excited for Christmas?

I hope you’re all having a great weekend 🙂

Sophie x