sunday round-up #9: 20th march

Well, it’s been a while since I got one of these out on the right day! I didn’t really have an excuse at all this week – now that my spring term has finished and I’m back home, blogging and books are pretty much all I’ve got to keep me busy. But that doesn’t mean my week’s been entirely dull – quite the opposite, in fact – although somehow I managed to take all of about two photographs, so apologies for a text-heavy post.

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After arriving home on Sunday evening I took Monday and Tuesday to rest and recover from the burnout I suffered after handing in my final essay. Spending time reading, resting and catching up with my family was exactly what I needed, and I’ve made a good start on preparations for next term’s modules.

G came over on Tuesday evening and we spent Wednesday together, baking creme egg brownies in the morning (I highly recommend!), going out for lunch and then curling up on the sofa to watch Spy. His car had a bit of a mechanical failure last week so he’s currently driving his parents’/brother’s Morris Minor 1000, Norris, which was all sorts of entertaining to drive through our local town! There’s always a weird period of getting used to being around each other again but we always get there before too long; we’ve all sorts planned for the next four weeks, and are starting to think ahead to my long summer holiday, too.

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I’ve also spent a while getting back on top of all things blogging – catching up on all the posts I’ve missed in recent weeks, replying to comments and looking for new blogs to follow is just the start. Here on et cetera I’ve not only been scheduling posts in advance (practically unheard of for me…) but I’ve finally got around to creating a blog spreadsheet and schedule. This was mostly inspired by Liv and Jemma so big shout-outs and thanks to them for helping me to finally sort it all out. Hopefully things will be a little more regular from here on out, at least.

Yesterday was my sister’s birthday. It’s been a ridiculous year for her, but in the last few weeks all of her hard work has paid off as she was offered places at all seven of the universities she applied to for her Master’s degree, four of which were in the USA, and has accepted her place at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism on their Photojournalism track, along with a massive financial scholarship. ‘Proud’ doesn’t even begin to cover it, but I’ve never known anyone more deserving of such a break. We’re not sure when we’ll next all be together to celebrate her birthday so we went out for lunch together, and have started making plans for her to come visit me in York this term which I’m already so excited for.

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Finally, on Sunday we finally celebrated Mother’s Day – a fortnight late. We decided that since both Rosa and I were away on the actual day, we’d postpone it until we were both at home. s such we fulfilled all the necessary traditions of jelly, cake and toiletry gifts, though none of these can ever express how grateful and lucky we are to have a mother as incredible as ours.

This week I’ve been…

Reading: Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, and I’m afraid that’s going to be my answer for the next four weeks at the very least. One of my modules next term is entirely on this one book and I’m so excited for it, but at 880 pages I’ve got to dedicate some serious time over the next month to ensure I get it all done. On the plus side, I’m absolutely in love with it. If you’re on Goodreads, you can follow my progress!

Listening to: Ed Sheeran – I’m not entirely sure why but he’s been on repeat all week.

Grateful for: Being back home with my family. I do, on the whole, love the freedom and independence of uni, but I miss my family so much when I’m away; it’s so wonderful to feel like I can be entirely myself all the time, and have such easy conversation about all sorts of things that aren’t uni-related.

Next week…

I don’t have too much planned for the next few days, although next week will involve two trips to the opera! The English National Opera are in Norwich, so Rosa, G and I are off to watch Mozart’s Don Giovanni tomorrow night, and then Mum and I are seeing Iphigénie en Tauride on Wednesday. It’s a while since I’ve been to the opera, so twice in one week will be a real treat – and it’s G’s first time seeing one, so that’s all the more exciting! Beyond that I’ll be doing lots of reading and blogging, and making a start on revision for my two exams next term. For once I’m hoping to be ahead of the game, especially when it comes to my Italian exam which I’d really love to do well on!

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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?
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2 Comments

  1. 21/03/2016 / 4:37 pm

    Nice to see you happy to be back in Norfolk, and making the most of your break. Kudos to your sister for all those offers. I am sure that California will be a wonderful experience. Enjoy your operas, and I hope that the weather stays kind for your trip. (You are also making me want to read Dickens again…)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Lucy Furneaux
      21/03/2016 / 4:44 pm

      That’s the plan! Yes, it’s incredible – she even had a place with an impressive scholarship at Columbia in New York, but Berkeley is definitely the right choice. And it means I’ll get a chance to see some of CA myself at some point in the next two years!
      Picking up Dickens again can never be a bad decision! I’ll have read an awful lot by the end of this year – not only my Victorian Lit module from last term and my Our Mutual Friend one coming up, I’m also studying another Victorian module on gender and class which should involve ‘Hard Times’ if all goes well…
      Lx

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