Thursday, 14 March 2013

Exam Stress

Due to being very ill over Christmas, I was given mitigating circumstances allowing me to postpone my January exams until I was fully better. D-day has finally arrived and along with a mid-term exam I have to sit five exams over the next two weeks.
As weird and nerdy as it sounds I usually quite enjoy exams, but I haven't had lectures in these modules since mid December putting a heavy revision workload onto my plate. I know it's only first year lectures and so you only have to pass them to move onto second year, but it's still really important to me to do well and show the lectures that I am motivated and keen to get a good degree.

..Let the stress commence..

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

How to: Making vests from t-shirts

Step 1: Lay the shirt flat and cut a slit the length of the neck.
Cut this deeper or shallower depending on how high/low you want the finished neckline to be.
 Step 2: Cut along from the slit all the way around the neckline, keep the line as even as possible.

Step 3: Using a biro or chalk mark out the line where you will cut the sleeve off.
Mark along the shoulder the width that you want the strap to be, if unsure cut bigger and adjust later.
Follow the line of the sleeve down and go further past the armpit, the lower down you cut the more of your side will be visible.
Then follow along this line with the scissors, cutting the back and front of the shirt at the same time.

Step 4: Once you have finished cutting off the neck and sleeves, stretch out the fabric you have just cut. To do this just take the new edge in two places and pull, this will prevent fraying and will stop the edges looking rough and cut.
Once you have tried on the shirt you can adjust the sleeves/neck to suit.
I always find this style of shirt works best with graphic tees such as band shirts etc.
Becuase it's DIY and anything could go wrong, the shirts I use are thrifted from charity shops and cost on average £2, so it doesn't overly matter if anything goes wrong and the money goes to a good cause.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Rowing #1

I can't even describe how much of a good time i've had today..

The day didn't start off too great having to wake up at 7am on a Sunday, then to make it worse I had a spontaneous nose bleed! It was so lovely and peaceful walking around campus when everyone else is in bed and the weather was perfect too, made up for the ealry start by far.
The bus (as predicted) was very late, but when we finally arrived in Llanberis we were greated by perfect rowing conditions; flat water and sunshine.
After assembling the boat and getting them into the water we finally climbed into the boats and set off rowing. I don't think there is a better feeling then getting into a good stroke rhythm and having the wind in your hair listening to nothing but the sounds of the blades gliding through the water.
The trickiest part is getting the boat into the water and then getting yourself into the boat, to do this you have to walk bare foot down the gravel and wade into the water..not a pleasant experience when the ground is rough and the water is icey..note to self: Buy flip flops!

This has been, by far, the best day I have had at univeristy and I can't wait to get back out onto the water again..

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Family Visit

Had such a lovely day today..

Because my sister was home from uni for the weekend my parents decided to come and visit me for the day and bring her along, it was so good as I haven't seen her in ages.
They took me for lunch at the fat cat restaurant where I relived my childhood and had egg and chips, it was delicious!
We finished the day by going for a walk down to the pier and seeing the breathtaking views of the welsh mountains, where my mum insisted on going to see the show homes of some new modern apartments! It was so weird as they were decorated in all my favourite colours like they wanted me to live there!


Kiss Sweatshirt - £10 H&M
Blue/White Striped Skinny 7/8 - Topshop
I am totally inlove with this sweatshirt, I have basically lived in it since purchasing the other week! I paired it with my striped skinnies from topshop and my grey Dr Martens to give a grungey but casual look which is perfect for lectures.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Review of 2012

I know this is very late but in my defence I did plan on creating the blog back in January!

2012 was a bit of an odd year, spending half of it at high school then the other half at university, its fair to say I've done a lot of growing up over the back end of 2012..

2012 kicked off with A-level January exams then from then on it was an uphill battle with stress and a heavy work load leading up to the final summer exams. The end of year 13 at sixth form was weird as I definitely felt like I had grown out of being at school and wanted a change of scenery..
The day of the sixth form leavers ball finally arrived and what a glorious sunny day it was too! We spent the day in school then rushed home to get ready, meeting at my friends house later on to have wine and photos in the garden. The prom was such a lovely way to let our hair down before the exams and to celebrate 7 years of all being together.
The summer of 2012 was great, spending as much time at work as I could to attempt to earn enough money to live off at university. It was hard juggling work with spending time with my friends and family, but I knew it was important as I wouldn't be seeing much of them over the next couple of years.
The stress and anxiety of results day hung over us the whole summer but when that dreaded day finally arrived me and my best friend were relieved to find we had done excellent in our exams and had been accepted into our first choices of university.
Summer ended nicely with a holiday to center parcs with my family and my sisters boyfriend then my 19th birthday, which i spent shopping with my best friends then had a lovely meal out.
The day finally to pack up my life and move into university halls, I was very scared and apprehensive to leave my family but soon settled in and made some new friends. The next couple of months flew by with days packed with lectures and weekends spent sleeping!
Christmas arrived to round off the year, I spent most of my time either with my family and friends or yet again at work trying to earn some more money!
Unfortunately, I fell ill during December and was sick until the end of January. It was a rough couple of weeks most of which was spent in bed or at the hospital. I was diagnosed with glandular fever/mono and was put on antibiotics and steroids, which thankfully worked and I am practically back to my old self now..

Here's hoping that 2013 will be just as good as 2012, if not better..

Long Day

Today has literally been the longest day of my life...

So basically I have had one continuous lecture 9-5 today, it was made up of 7 mini lectures but still involved sitting in the same seat for 8 hours! It was fairly interesting to be honest, learning about different research in sports science but was still pretty exhausting a long with the accompanying 7:30am wake up.
To make it 'interesting' one lecturer made us all do sit-ups for a minute and another made us all line up against the walls and do a ski sit...I wouldn't have minded the impromptu exercise, but after a week of circuits, weights and cardio my body was pretty knackered and sore.

The silver lining moment of the day was definitely finding out that tonights rowing cardio session has been cancelled, so I can have a night of well needed relaxation..