Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to all my friends and family that donated to my raffle. It raised over £100 which is a huge chunk of my ICS target! There is no rest for the wicked though as I am already planning my next event and it is the kind of thing that everyone likes: watching someone else in misery. You sadists.
There are a few things I rely on to get me through my days. Without them, I would undoubtedly go insane. So what things make my life easier?
- Music: I listen to music every day. I like to have it in the background when I’m studying or procrastinating. I listen to it in the morning to kick start my day and then in the evenings to relax after a long day. I rarely go out without my iPod and I don’t think I can actually remember a day in recent years where I’ve not either had my iPod, iTunes or YouTube going at some point.
- TV and Films: If I’m not listening to music, I probably have the tv on. It’s the same thing, I like background noise and it keeps me calm. I watch my shows pretty obsessively (some more than others) and go to the cinema pretty much every week.
- Chocolate: I’m sure you can identify. When you’ve had a bad days all you want is something chocolatey to make it better. My flat mate gave up all chocolate and sweets and pudding for lent this year (it’s been hard on her, especially when she made me a chocolate cake for my birthday and couldn’t have any herself) so I’ve seen how hard going without can be.
- Food: More generally, knowing what I am going to eat every day is calming to me. I set my weeks out in weekly menus, know exactly what I’m having, when I need to cook it… it’s all a part of my timetable and I find the stability relaxing.
You can probably guess where this is going. In aid of ICS and Y Care International, I am going to put myself through a personal week of hell where I give up all of these things. The exact week hasn’t been decided but it will probably be the 7-14 May. No music, no tv, no chocolate. Obviously I am not giving up food but my flat mate is going to take over cooking dinner for a week so I have no say in my meals, when we eat or what we have.
My prediction is that the first day will be okay. I’ll be motivated and good to do it for a great cause. By day two or three, that enthusiasm will have undoubtedly failed. By day four or five, I’ll be so on edge that no one will want to be within a ten mile radius of me for fear that I’ll break. Then when the week is over, I’ll either be dead or victorious and will celebrate with a walk to the cinema, plugged into my iPod, eating chocolate fingers and going home to a meal of my choice. We’ll just have to wait and see but don’t worry; I’ll be documenting it all so you can watch my descent into madness.
The hope is that you lovely people will see me suffering and donate to my fundraising to make my pain worthwhile. If you don’t, at least I can say I survived a (horrible) week without my favourite things.
As reassuring as it may or may not be to know that 42 is the meaning of life (the universe and everything) it is slightly scary to think that there are only that many days left of 2016. Time really is just slipping away this year! Anyway, let’s focus on the positives. This week I handed in my first and last case note for my law module (which I am so glad to see the back of), went to a talk by a bomb disposal expert, spent my evening helping out at a talent show for Children in Need and painting Pudsey on many peoples’ faces, stood outside our campus shop (in the cold) collecting change for Children in Need and watched the appeal show of Children in Need. If you hadn’t guessed, we were supporting Children in Need this week. If you haven’t donated, I implore you to. It really is a great charity and I hope it continues the great work of the dearly missed Terry Wogan for many many years to come.
Monday was also my friend’s birthday (she is now 20 and can no longer claim to not be an adult on account of being a “teenager”!) and for her presents I sent her some pringles (I really considered showing the world the gorgeous photo she sent me but I don’t think I’d ever be forgiven for sharing that with other people XD), a bar of galaxy chocolate and a little statue for her room. Whatever else would a student want? I also filled the box and card with confetti in the shape of “k”. For reference, when we studied A-Level chemistry, there was a constant relating to equilibrium that really wasn’t a constant at all. This understandably annoyed Isobel and she has never forgiven the letter so in true friendship I figured I’d treat her and shower her with tiny letter “k’s” as a special birthday gesture. To say she appreciated it may be an understatement.
Apart from that, it has been a pretty average week. Last weekend my flatmates and I played around in the garden waving sparklers around for best part of an hour. We won’t win the Turner Prize for our pictures but we certainly had fun trying to make words!
You have no idea how many attempts it took us to get these letters done!
Anyway, food wise this week I actually had some really interesting food. Being in our campus bar for two nights this week due to Children in Need fundraisers meant I got a inventive with my cold “snack” dinners – I certainly wasn’t going to pay for dinner there, it is neither cheap nor healthy!
- Saturday: Potato “Lasagne” (potato, chicken, spinach layered in a dish with tomato sauce and cheese like lasagne)
- Sunday: Satay inspired stir fry
- Monday: Cold lamb kebab and salad in pitta bread
- Tuesday: Cold rice and veggies
- Wednesday: Veggie curry with naan bread
- Thursday: Spicy beef with peppers, lettuce and pitta bread
- Friday: Paella
Next weekend I am up to Liverpool for a really exciting set of tours and talks about pathology and all manner of other forensic disciplines. We are going to get a private tour around a morgue too. Oh yeah. Getting up there ended up being a lot cheaper than I expected as our amazing lecturer is driving us up on the uni minibus so we are all just splitting the petrol money! I’ve booked a bed in a YHA hostel one night and am staying with family the second night making accommodation much cheaper than the other options too so it is all very exciting! I will make sure to tell you all about it! Have a great day!