sunday round-up #1: 10th january

11th – 17th January 2016

My first week back at uni after Christmas has been remarkably quiet. It’s exam season so classes haven’t started yet, and all my deadlines were before the holiday. As such, I’ve had a super chilled week settling back into life in York, catching up with friends and setting myself up for the next term – as you’ll know if you’ve read my most recent post!

Some of my friends have taken advantage of not having any exams or essays to be handed in and have stayed at home an extra week, moving back to uni over this weekend. Whilst I understand their reasons – and there have definitely been times this week when I’ve wished I was still at home – it’s actually been lovely to just have a week’s holiday here with my friends.

 

Langwith College, York Uni

Langwith College – home sweet home!

I’ve spent most of the week working on my blog, producing and planning new content and working hard on my outreach work. I’ve finally got myself set up on Bloglovin’ and it’s been so much fun finding so many new and different blogs to follow and interact with – I can’t believe I’ve not joined the community before! My ten things I learned in my first term at university post proved particularly popular, so check it out if you haven’t done so already.

I’ve also taken a couple of trips into town to pick up some bits and pieces. Every time I walk through the city I’m struck by its beauty and history; I could happily wander around for hours if I didn’t keep get distracted by the shopping!

Back in my house we’ve been settling into another ‘new normal’, as one of our housemates moved out over Christmas. I’m not going to go into any details about that, but this week it’s been lovely to spend so much time with everyone here. I’ve now sorted the group I’m going to be living with next year so we can start house-hunting, and I feel like in just a week I’ve grown so much closer to them (I guess that’s what happens when you stay up talking from midnight until seven-am…!).

 

York Uni kitchen Langwith College

late-night cooking

This week I’ve been…

Reading: Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. It’s on my Victorian Literature reading list for week 3 so I’m trying to get through it as fast as I can, and thankfully that’s not hindering my enjoyment.

Watching: House of Cards on Netflix. It’s quickly become my favourite show to binge-watch, and a few times it’s been vastly improved by Greg’s company. (He also brings whisky sometimes, and that just feels like the right drink for watching HoC.)

Listening to: Clychau Dibon, a collaboration between harpist Catrin Finch and kora player Seckou Keita. Dad gave it to me for Christmas and when I finally put it on for the first time a couple of days ago I just lay on my bed listening for about half an hour. It’s really hypnotic music and the two instruments weave together completely seamlessly. Catrin Finch is one of my favourite musicians – she was appointed the first Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales in over a century at just 19 years old – and the record is a truly remarkable piece of work. Listen here.

 

Best buy…

I needed a new notebook for my bullet journal, and after some debating went with the Leuchtturm 1917. Though I was a little reluctant to leave behind my normal Moleskine I’ve heard great things about these notebooks so thought I’d take a chance, and I have not been disappointed; it’s fast becoming my new favourite.

 

Leuchtturm 1917, Oliver Twist, Clychau Dibon

 

Next week…

Classes start! My timetable in the first week is a bit mad as it’s full of inductions to new modules but it’ll soon settle down. I’m looking forward to finding a new routine, but I can’t say I’m excited for the two mornings which start at nine-am. It’s also Nouse production week, so from Monday to Wednesday all of my spare time will be taken up with laying up the next print edition on InDesign. I’m still getting to grips with all the technology but with the help of my deputies and editor it should run relatively smoothly.

Other than that, the week will be filled with lots of reading as I desperately try to keep up with all our set texts, and catching up with everyone I haven’t managed to see yet. I’ve also got a few blogposts planned, and potentially some pretty exciting blog-related news – but you’ll have to check back soon to find out more!

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How’s your week been? What have you been reading, watching and listening to? What are your plans for the coming week?
Let’s have a conversation – comment below!

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4 Comments

    • Lucy Furneaux
      11/01/2016 / 12:24 am

      Hi Neelima! Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you liked what you found here.

      I think you bring up a really interesting conversation when you talk about girls going beyond makeup and fashion. I think it’s important that those of us who publish content which anyone can read are aware that our audience is most likely largely comprised of young people, particularly girls, who may be impressionable. That’s why I think blogs are such great spaces to talk about things like politics, current affairs, history and important issues affecting the world we live in today; anything which encourages young people to be more aware of the world around them is a plus in my view.

      I also think it’s why more personal posts, such as this one, are also really important. Our social media-based world encourages us to display our lives in picture-perfect fashion as a kind of hyper-reality, and it’s been reported recently by ChildLine that social media is one of the biggest causes of low self-esteem amongst young people. As such, bloggers and vloggers who are more honest about their lives, such as Zoella when she talks openly about her struggles with anxiety, are much more relatable to young people and show them that they’re not alone, and that everyone struggles with things in life – in short, that real life isn’t like what you see on social media.

      But that being said, for me blogging is in many ways all about the blogger; one’s blog is a projection of one’s self. Blogging is a personal outlet; I enjoy sharing photos, experiences, thoughts and opinions here. Some of my posts centre around my political beliefs, others focus on horses, others on music and yet others on university life. Some of them are advice posts, others are comment pieces and others are chatty. What’s wonderful about blogging is that our blogs are our own spaces, and we can do what we like with them.

      As such, people want to post about the things which are most important to them, and for many that includes a lot of fashion and make-up. These things are super important for many people, which is why these blogs are very popular. In fact, I read and follow lots of blogs like these – I’m often amazed by the knowledge so many women hold around make-up techniques, as I can barely put on liquid eyeliner without half-blinding myself, and it’s great that there are spaces where we can learn about these things.

      I think that’s the crux of the blogger community: there are blogs that we can go to learn more about our society, blogs where we can have conversations about mental health, and blogs where we can learn which shoes go best with each outfit. We can’t say which blog is better than another, because they’re all so fantastically different. And, above all, it’s a community of people all supporting one another in their endeavours with their blogs, even if they’re about totally different things. I agree that it’s good to see lots of variation in types of blogs and posts, but I also think that make-up and fashion blogs play a huge part in the sphere, and are often what encourage many others to begin blogging in the first place.

      This has turned into a total essay – I’m so sorry! – but it’s really got me thinking. I’ll try and write a post on this at some point in the coming week, because there’s a whole other strand of debate around blogging empowering young women, arguably especially when they’re blogging about fashion and make-up, but I need to think a bit more about it.

      Like I said, thanks so much for stopping by and reading my post! I’ll be sure to check out your blog tomorrow (I should have been in bed hours ago!) – looking forward to it already.

      Hope life is sunny!

      Lx

  1. 10/01/2016 / 3:53 pm

    I hope that you have enjoyed ‘Oliver Twist’, Lucy?
    When I was young, my maternal grandmother had a bound set of all Dickens’ work, in a case in her bedroom. When I stayed there, I was allowed to read them, and developed a love for his wonderfully detailed characters that still endures.
    I don’t have Netflix, but recently re-watched the original ‘House of Cards’ on BBC 4, with the wonderful Ian Richardson being delightfully villainous. If you have never seen that 1990 series, it is well-worth watching.
    Have a great week! Best wishes, Pete.

    • Lucy Furneaux
      11/01/2016 / 12:06 am

      Very much, thank you Pete! I’ve not read huge amounts of Dickens – A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield and Great Expectations before now – so it’s always wonderful to meet a new one. Expectations was the last one I read, written towards the end of Dickens’ life, whereas Oliver was very early on in his career, so comparing the two has been fascinating. I wish I knew how he could keep such complex characters and storylines in his head all at once.

      I have seen the original ‘House of Cards’ – I thought it best to see the original before the US version and I’m really pleased I did. It’s been so interesting to see what is similar and what is different. Ian Richardson is absolutely outstanding, though I feel like the programme got a bit too big for its boots by its third series, which felt a stretch too far for me. But the first series is a fantastic piece of television.
      Thanks so much – you too!
      L

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