Working From Home

Technically, spending the last 6 years of my life as a student, all my academic work has been from home.  But this year, that’s stepped up a notch.  Throughout my undergrad, I lived with friends who were other students; my biggest house was 9.  Days were filled with dozy lectures followed by naps and a wild night out.  However this year I’ve been enduring #masterslife living with just the boyfriend, who works full time.  Lectures have dwindled, instead being replaced with relentless coursework and of course the dissertation (remember the double Ds?!).  This means my life has changed, and I’ve entered into the realm of ‘working from home’ …

And I love it.  I absolutely love it.  Other than the disturbed half an hour when boyfriend wakes up and departs for work, my time is my own, I can use it as I please.  I can sleep in, go to the gym, work wherever I please, eat what I want, watch Netflix galore, go shopping, go eating, go drinking … as long as I get my work done.

I’m a hugely organised human.  I meticulously plan my work for every day of the week on a Monday morning and make sure I see it through.  So as long as I write X amount of words or revise for X amount of hours, I’m cool.  I can do whatever I want.

I live in my Pjamas, I make soup every day for lunch, I have 2pm karaoke concerts, binge on Made in Chelsea and make up tap dances.  I clean a lot, lounge around with Heat magazine, paint my nails and have 4pm glasses of wine.  And when I go out, I go lunching with pals in London, go interiors shopping, saunter around Marks and Spencers or pop to the pub.  My time is MINE.  As long as I get my work done, the rest I can do with as a I please.  It really is wonderful.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I work A LOT.  And I work HARD.  Doing well at my degree means everything to me and if that means I have to have 16 hour working days or nighttime stints in the library, I’ll do it.  But I do attempt to plan my days which means I can hang out and have breaks as and when.  And it works pretty darn well.

However, my working from home life is coming to a timely end.  And at a good time really.  I begin fully fledged adult working full time life in a few weeks and working from home life will be a distant memory.  I do think that it will make me appreciate home a lot more though.  Whilst I love it, I can sometimes take advantage of my beautiful home.  It will be wonderful to arrive home at the end of the working day, collapse onto my sofa, look around and say ‘Ahhhh’.

When I look back at this academic year of #masterslife, I think I’ll remember working from home the most fondly.  Oh, all the fun I’ve had with me, myself and I.  However this chapter is drawing to its close, so for these last few weeks I’m going to milk it for all that its worth.  Lie ins, Jeremy Kyle on +1, Netflix galore and inappropriate wine time come at me.  My time as a student and from working from home is drawing to a close, but my goodness am I going to make these last few weeks count!

Excuse me, inappropriate wine time is calling.

 

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What’s Happened In May … So Far!

Basically, May has been SUCH a hectic month, it always it.  The sun is just beginning to show its gorgeous face, exams are looming, there’s far too much work to be done … thus the inevitable need for distraction and fun!

 

1)  We went to Thorpe Park!  It was very weird actually, we drove down for the day in the cold, wet and wind and seeing as Thorpe Park is very close to my home, it was very bizarre to drive all that way and not actually go home.  Here shows Emily (being the most sensibly dressed out of us all wearing proper waterproof hiking gear), Eimear (in her famous Southampton Scarf who she supports to the death), Jamie (in wellies, a very good idea) and myself (in Dorothy Perkins denim jacket (WHY did I think that was a good idea?!), Topshop dress, Florence and Fred jeggings (again, WHY?!) and Reebok trainers (and what?!)).  It was an amazing day, especially seeing as Eimear had never been before.  Because the weather was so awful there was barely anyone there, meaning we got on every ride in about ten minutes, amaze!

2)  Draw Something!  I’ve recently discovered this Android App, and its amazing!  Basically, the idea is that its quite like Pictionary, you draw something for someone and they draw something back and you gain points to buy more colours and words … simples!

3)  STA Travel!  For those of you who don’t know, the boyfriend and I have booked to go backpacking around Thailand for a month (where I will TRY and blog but I have no idea how successful I will be), meaning countless trips in and out of STA Travel in Southampton, in fact we’ve got another one tomorrow.  I just love it in there.  Everyone that works there is so cool and friendly and has been to millions of places and just done the most amazing things, I want to be in their gang!  If you’ve ever booking a far flung hol, I would absolutely recommend it.

4)  My beautiful new Cath Kidston bag :)  I had quite a bit of money from my Birthday left over and was desperate for this bag in the white with the spring colour flowers, but alas, it had sold out EVERYWHERE.  So after many hours or scouring the internet high and low, I found the brown version which I still absolutely LOVE.  A Summer and Winter bag, that’s waterproof and won’t get dirty.  Score.

5)  Now, to any chefs out there, do you remember that rush, that satisfaction the first time you cooked a proper meal, and it was delicious and people enjoyed it?  I experienced that for the first time this May Bank Holiday.  After a failed attempt to go to a Boot Fair (that had already closed by the time we got there, at 10.30am pffftttt), we decided to have a quick Tesco run and whilst in there, I was struck by inspiration.  May Day Bank Holiday = Roast Dinner, and so the quest began.  After four hours running around our absolutely tiny kitchen that I share with 8 others, yelling profanities having filled up every single hob and oven shelf much to the annoyance of the housies, I did it.  And it was incredible.

6)  Southampton in the sun!  After 18 months of living here, I walked to town for the first time and it was delightful.  Normally I get the bus or drive but in the sun I thought, hey, let’s walk.  And it was lovely, sun and Southampton = perfect combo.

7)  I’ve officially handed in all of my Second Year Coursework – hurrah!  So inevitably this called for a 10.30am trip to the pub to drink pints and play pool, and not leave all day.  Lush.

8)  And this weekend, the weather was so divine and the boyfriend and I were getting so stressed out about work and exams we decided to just escape and head off to the New Forest for the day, which was absolutely beautiful.  We found a few villages and bought lots of ice cream, got scared by lots of horses before we found a clearing where we played cards, played frisbee and got burnt.  Bliss.

 

50 Questions That Freed My Mind

Hey guys!  I’ve just come back from the most incredible week in Amsterdam and am now back in Woking for Easter.  I’m currently in the midst of writing 15,000 words for Uni coursework so blogging may be my only release, so expect quite a bit more from me over the next few weeks :)  Hope you’re well, I’ll post about Amsterdam soonish but first, here are some questions I stumbled upon to mull over this Saturday afternoon.  So fall in love with life guys, I dare you:

1.  How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

About 24.

2.  Which is worse, failing or never trying?

Never trying.  People fail everyday.  Who gives a monkeys anymore?

3.  If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

To get to the place we want to be.

4.  When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

Nope.

5.  What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

Persecution.

6.  If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Wine and cheese.

7.  Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

I believe in Geography, and I’m doing that.

8.  If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

I would be married by now.

9.  To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

A huge one.  I have worked very hard to get where I am today.

10.  Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

Doing the right things.

11.  You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?

Speak up.  Tell them to bleep off.  There will be plenty more people I will find, respect and admire throughout my life.

12.  If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Smile.  Your baby photos will be much cuter.

13.  Would you break the law to save a loved one?

Yes.

14.  Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?

Every day.  I didn’t even know I possessed creativity until a couple of years ago.

15.  What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

My eating habits are very different from most people.

16.  How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?

Because everyone is different.

17.  What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?

Travel the world.  My life situation and my bank account.  But one day, one day.

18.  Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

Perhaps.

19.  If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

I would move to New Hampshire.  Because it’s fairly close to New York, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, people speak English there and it’s not too far to visit home.

20.  Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

Nope.

21.  Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

Joyful simpleton.

22.  Why are you, you?

Because of the experiences I have had.

23.  Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

I like to think so.

24.  Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?

Losing touch.

25.  What are you most grateful for?

My family.

26.  Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

This is the only question I have paused upon.  And I genuinely don’t know.

27.  Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

I don’t really understand this question.

28.  Has your greatest fear ever come true?

No.

29.  Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?

I remember.  And no, it doesn’t.

30.  What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?

Learning the Macarena in Australia.  And the smell, I’m obsessed with the smell of Australia.

31.  At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Portugal 2010.

32.  If not now, then when?

NOW!

33.  If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

Exactly.  Thank you quiz, you read my mind.

34.  Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

Yes.

35.  Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

Because of humans.

36.  Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

Good and evil are subjective, so no.

37.  If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

No.

38.  Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

Less work.

39.  Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

No.

40.  When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

A few days ago.

41.  If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

My Grandmother.

42.  Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

No.

43.  What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

Feeling the air enter and exit your lungs.

44.  When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

Now.

45.  If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

Because people judge.

46.  What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Go clubbing much less.

47.  When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?

When I answered question 43.

48.  What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?

I love cheese.  And running about a cheese shop in Amsterdam helping myself to far too many samples openly expressed this love.

49.  In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?

Yes.  Because Amsterdam 2012 was incredible.

50.  Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

For myself, every time.

Have a think, you’ll feel better for it.