Saturday 8th June 7.10pm day eight: 3.10pm – Alex and Jamie Woke from an odd nightmare but shifted it from my mind in order to focus on my riding lesson (I’ve missed a few recently, hence my having two in three days). Worked on circles and transitions, and started to see how much progress I’ve made in the last couple of months. Mum filmed some bits with my video camera, and it’s been really useful to look back at those, especially as the other clips already on the memory card are of me riding eight or nine months ago.

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Friday 7th June 10.30pm day seven: 6.15pm  Calm day on the whole, but a bit gloomy also. Couldn’t really work out why, but my violin lesson didn’t particularly help, unfortunately. School was slow and quiet, and things felt as though they should be stressful but weren’t. It came to a head in French, as per usual. Raged over small things, but got better in the car on the way home talking to Dad.

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Thursday 6th June 8.40pm day six: 8.00pm – back to school I was right, it was very strange having to get up so early. We were bombarded with messages about deadlines and applications and open days in assembly, but the rest of the day was taken up mostly with introductions to our new courses, as we start A2 work today. This will all culminate in coursework followed by a set of exams – just three for me – this time next year, which will then decide which university I end up going to after my gap year. No pressure…

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Wednesday 5th June 10.30pm day five: 8.45pm – scroll A calmer day than I had anticipated. Got up later than I wanted and practised my instruments. Springsteen tickets arrived – Rosa and I got excited. Eventually I got my act together and went for a short run – a few weeks ago I went out for the first time in months and discovered just how unfit I am, so now I’ve recovered from exams and so on I am starting to make an effort to get my fitness back to what it was this time last year.

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Tuesday 4th June 8.30pm day four: 3.50pm – Zac by the river A really lovely day – or at least it would have been, were it not for the incessant pain in my teeth following my visit to the orthodontist yesterday, a constant ache that a maximum painkiller dose could not shift. Got up and ready anyway, and headed into my old school to pick up some coursework and see a few people.

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