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Surprise! We bought a house!

So after all my writing in cryptic terms I can finally tell the news that has had me bursting at the seams for the last month.

It’s been exactly one month from the day we first saw the house on the internet at our anniversary dinner to the day we got conformation that we definitely have the house!

It’s a three bedroom house only 10 mins bike ride from my boyfriend’s work. We are very very lucky (being only 20 and 21!) and my only sad thought is that as I’m still at uni I cannot live there full time until I leave uni and get a job up in the north.

Still I get to spend my christmas holidays redecorating ‘my’ (our) first house- a dream I’ve had since I was little. I’m please that we get the keys at the start of my month break as I have an exam next week and I think I wouldn’t study well if we got the keys before that!

We announced it on facebook yesterday and it’s been lovely to see all our friends and family so excited for us! I will update my blog with household renovations as we do them so you all can see them too 🙂

I must go now because I have to revise for that exam of mine 😦 and I feel quite poorly tonight 😦 😦 so I need to get an earlyish night (much rather just go straight to bed but I’m feeling really guilty for not revising this weekend!!).

One final thing, my filofax hole punch came yesterday so have now managed to fit my dividers into my diary- will post on this another time! (see previous post on filofax here)

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Filofax

I kinda wanted a filofax for ages. They seemed like the ultimate organiser where you could mix up normal diary pages with notes and list pages without them all falling out on the floor if you held it the wrong way. But they are SO expensive and seemed a little too business like for me. Way out of my league.

So I made a diary with notes, to-dos and menu planners for each week and got it bound so the pages didnt fall out, but it just wasnt flexible enough for my needs as one week I might have loads of notes, but not really ‘to-do’s’ and might only be at uni for 4 days in that week so a menu planner wasnt useful.

So I took the plunge and bought a personal sized finsbury filofax in a lovely yellow. Digger yellow as I like to call it.

I bought it off amazon for a much reduced price (so felt I could justify it!).

I havent really done anything to it yet, as I haven’t got  a holepunch for it, but I did stick this little puffy crocodile on the front plastic page.

 

I did make these month dividers from an A4 pack, and bought these zip wallets to hold things like post it notes and paperclips.

Hopefully when I get around to buying a hole punch I will be able to add in the lists I have made on the computer! will be much more functional and it’s much cheaper to make your own rather than buy branded ones. Plus I can make them on coloured paper so I can colour code things! I look forward to updating you on my planner as it progresses!

 

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Slowly getting there… I think

So far this week has been unexpectantly stressful. When someone with great knowledge of how a particular system works tells you something, you expect that to be the case, and I tend to accept it. It’s been a bit heartbreaking the last few days as they come back to me saying “well actually you cant have what you were told before…. oh and you need to pay this even though we said you didn’t have to before… oh and even if you do you cant have what you are paying for if the situation X changes”.

If it wasn’t for the progress we have been making with the overall project I would have totally lost heart in all of it and backed out completely. Feels like I’m writing in cryptic code here! Hopefully all will be revealed in a weeks time.
The fella has been great and so understanding through it all, but I can tell he is getting stressed too. It’s been a very fast roller-coaster going on a steep (learning) curve. We are so lucky and blessed to have such kind hearted people around us to help!

Over the weekend just gone I made a couple of realisations a long the lines of something I’ve found to be more and more true as time has gone on. I strongly believe that things happen for a reason even if you don’t understand or like how it is currently.

The first realisation I made this weekend was that currently life isn’t anything like how I had in my ‘plan’- but that’s not to say that I wont end up at the same place in life, or that it is a bad thing that events timings haven’t gone to plan.

The second thing I realised was that if the “bad” things that happened around exam time in the spring this year had NOT happened, then there would be very little chance that I would be in the good situation I am in now. I couldn’t foresee that then, and it just reinforces the belief of mine that things do indeed happen for a reason. Almost as if some greater being had a plan that I was not party to, all along.

Funny old world.

I guess it means that there is no bad outcome of a situation if you choose it, because it will only lead you on to something you could not have experienced had you not been through that situation before.

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Post. Autumn brings good things….I hope!

I really aught to actually post the posts I write at the time they were written; normally they are relevant to a particular time and loose their meaning after that. I’ve missed out on about 6 or 7 posts so far because of this.

So far Uni this year actually hasn’t been too bad. I’m quite surprised  May of my friends are really struggling however as they have dissertations to do, which is something I’m lucky enough not to have to do until next year. I’m trying to learn of them so I have a better idea of time management for my project next year.

The only project I have (and the only piece of work to do other than studying for a test in a couple of weeks) is a group project and we haven’t really started yet. Slightly worrying as its now at the beginning of the 8th week of term out of a possible 11! Not very much I can do about that now though. 

I’m hoping that for the start of January ,when my current homemade diary runs out, I’m going to start using a filofax. I’ve got my eye on a yellow finsbury in the personal size. I wanted a yellow one and I wanted a zip (so it can double up as a purse). Problem is it is soooo expensive! I’ve seen some on Amazon for about 25% off RRP, but even so I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than £8 on a planner! I think I’m going to sleep on the idea for a few nights! I do like how customisable they are though.

In other news I’ve been lapping up every chance to enjoy autumn that I can before the miserable British winter starts. I’ve watched countless firework displays from my halls window, baked pumpkin shaped gingerbread cookies, dressed up for Halloween  created a autumnal window display in my halls window and  across my desk. I’ve kicked up the bright yellow, red, orange and brown dry leaves on my way to uni each day and started my preparation for a good Christmas.

Mainly this involves getting bits and bobs together to make Christmas presents (I’m an advocate of the more handmade the better), and buying the odd gift. But yesterday my mum and sister came up to Birmingham and together we watched a short but sweet Christmas parade and the switching on of the Christmas lights. 

I’m all for enjoying autumn for autumn but I also relish getting ready for holidays in advanced. I’m not talking about putting up the xmas decorations in august (I really hate that), but I do like the anticipation of good things to come.

Talking of good things to come (time for crossing every finger!), there might be a big move in my world towards being a “growned up” as I used to call it. I don’t want to jinx the process by exactly saying what it is, but I should be able to spill the beans in early December. Funnily enough my sister got a fortune cookie yesterday, (our family has a tendency to believe in such things after I got one that said there was to be a new addition to the family, and a week or so later we found out that I was going to have a sister!) which read “A half-solved problem will be entirely solved next month”. So let’s see if it comes true again!

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Back To School

Yesterday was my first day “back” at uni. I say “back” as I’ve actually been there all summer as I was doing a summer placement in my department in partnership with Rolls Royce, but now it is back to lectures, classes, tutorials and assignments.
I normally love the first week back at school. It’s so much easier than the rest of the year as you have no assignments hanging over you, and the lectures/ classes tend to be shorter as they are mainly just introductions to the course. I love the fresh start.
The last couple of days however I’ve felt a bit of a frantic mess! I’ve never had timetable clashes before or any options in the subjects I have to study, so I’ve had a few big decisions to make and loads of chasing up/ sorting out to do trying to get my timetable sorted.
It hasn’t exactly helped that I’ve had cold on top of cold and been ill in other ways too. Today I resorted to a lemon and maple syrup drink with added cinnamon to try and help me feel a bit better. Magic stuff is cinnamon- the number of amazing properties it has to it really surprises me and I’m determined to incorporate more of it into my diet. I’ve also started taking my vitamin tablets again as I want to be as healthy as possible this year because last year I seemed to be constantly ill and it made me even more miserable than I was already with the workload and group work problems I had! What things do you do to keep illnesses away?

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I’m currently…

I’m currently sat in my boyfriend’s car, keeping the fella company, while he tinkers around in the engine bay wiring up some new indicators after knocking the old ones out in a little accident we had last weekend. The road was wet and the car decided to do some slow-mo pirouettes into a bushy verge which made a bit of a mess of the fibreglass valance, put a few dents in the front side panels (which are only in primer at the moment!) and meant he had to get the tracking redone. Luckily neither of us were hurt, and the engine was fine so we were able to pick up the pieces, get back in the car and drive home safely.

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Did make me appreciate how lucky we are being alive and well though!

We had just come back from Birmingham where my boyfriend came to spend the weekend with me at my new university residence (he’s nicknamed it the ‘penthouse suite’ due to being on the top floor of the apartment block).

We were blessed with hot weather and decided to make the most of it by visiting a nature museum- which really was a small animal park, with animals ranging from rare breeds of sheep and pig to tamarind monkeys, wallabies and red pandas.

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 The fella even joked that he saw a “rare wild capri”!!!

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On the Saturday night we decided we would see the new “Dredd” film- I wasn’t expecting much after the last film we saw together (Bourne Legacy) was awful. I was actually really impressed with Dredd even though there was a lot of ‘gore’ the plot was very good, the action, wit and acting was fantastic. So much so that when we got back home we went to see it again, this time with my fella’s housemates.

Unfortunately as my boyfriend wasn’t on holiday this week like I am at the moment, he had to go back to work on Monday leaving me to try and get some of my jobs done while staying in the piece and quiet of his house. Well… that didn’t happen! The most I got done was to take the 7GB of photos off my iPhone and put them in the correct month folder on my computer. Not a productive 3 days.

I did get to see the tour of Britain go past near Carlisle though.

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After the lack of productivity at the start of the week, boy did Thursday make up for it! I managed to get a letter sent to my auntie in Australia (longgg over due!), my claim form for disabled students allowance done (hello £250!), my student finance done, bought a birthday present for my friend who I’m visiting next week,  bought things for my dad, laundry etc , and excitingly managed to finish of my diary I’ve been trying to get done for the last 3 weeks!

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I am so so pleased with the results!

I’ve been moved to the garage now (I’ve got a luxury bucket seat to sit in!) as he wanted to wash the car and he didn’t know if there would be any leaks- didn’t want me to get my laptop wet!!!

This weekend I want to try and get a happy medium between lots of rest/ doing pleasurable activities as well as being a little bit productive (does writing this post count?)- such as being treated to lunch today in the filling station café 😀

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and a little bit of shopping- do you like my new disco ball like bauble? Should sit pretty in my uni room window- catching the light to make colours dance across the walls.

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And of course the odd thing for my boyfriend- I managed to find him his new indicator lights at the scrap yard this afternoon. he says it was a date! Cheeky! haha 

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How are you going to play out your weekend? Are you trying to achieve lots, or are you having a relaxed time with lazy Sunday brunch?

Zoe xxxx

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September 15, 2012 · 5:58 pm

Moving forward.

It’s been a long time since I’ve actually post anything to this blog. Don’t get me wrong it’s not that I haven’t wanted to it’s just that there’s been a lot of things getting my way. I have written a few blog posts I just haven’t actually posted any of them, as I either wrote them where I didn’t have internet connection or I wanted to go back and edit them.

This year I’ve had more than my fair share of life experiences.

I’ve moved from my childhood home in the English Lake District in the middle of my end of year exams, gone through huge medical problems with a close friend (which nearly killed both of us with the effort we had to put in to get where we are now!), and then had to move house again  (which involved a lot of complications, disappointment and frustration).

I’ve also been doing a summer placement which had it’s own frustrations, but I’m glad to say that I finished that yesterday.

This month for me is all about trying to sort myself out, pick myself up and get ready for the coming academic year. Given the way the last year turned out, I need to be as prepared as possible for the next one!!

I’ve got a number of things I want to achieve before I go back to uni later this month, and I hope to share some of these things with you as I go along now I have a bit more time.

here’s a mini list of some of the things I hope to do:

  • firstly I want to finish a diary I’ve been making- a printable. If you guys like it, I might post the second 3 month instalment in December ready for the new year. I’m really excited about this one!
  • unpack in my new flat and decorate my dorm room- I’ll post about my room sometime 🙂
  • do some baking! I haven’t been able to do any in ages due to moving house and not having a proper kitchen to work in, so a good cookie and brownie making session is in order!
  • practice handwriting- mines got pretty sloppy while at uni so I need to get ‘back to school’ on this one!
  • most importantly remember to actually get around to posting on my blog! I hope to at least once a week this month, but I also post on instagram pretty much everyday, I’m @zoerawr should you like to follow my feed!

Big hugs to anyone else who’s had a hard year this year, hoping this month will be better for you also!

See you soon

xx

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