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.
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…!).
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.
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.
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!
How’s your week been? What have you been reading, watching and listening to? What are your plans for the coming week?
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