Yesterday I started to have a little panic as I realised my Christmas holiday is almost over. I consoled myself by singing White Christmas and then contemplating why each month doesn’t have it’s own playlist like December does for Christmas? Then we’d actually notice time passing. Mind blowing right?
We listen to the same songs every year leading up to Christmas, then December 25th they’re placed on a metaphorical shelf – as no one has CDs anymore – until the next November when they make their Take That style comeback, more gorgeous and glitzy than ever.
I mean maybe January does have its own playlist, as you can guarantee depressing songs on the radio and that’s pretty much January. You can have the internal optimism of Opera, but outside is as gloomy as Snape’s soul.
There is a reason that animals hibernate in winter guys, but humans instead decide January is a great time to better yourselves. No, fools, go inside, finish of those M&S Christmas biscuits, search under your sofa for a lost Celebration and cut the mould off your cheese and get to work. Keep your inspirational stationary and your Paperchase postcards for another time, just don’t leave it too late.
I feel as though a more appropriate blog post would be a list of all the reasons I don’t want to go back to university, top of the list would be missing out on my family’s cooking. I haven’t cooked regularly for 6 weeks and I’m not even that good at it – I can make a chilli and a bolgnaise but they’re basically the same thing aren’t they? Be a bit sad if I couldn’t make a chilli after making a bolgnaise, when you just have to add beans and chilli powder. Actually, do you know what, eat your heart out Jamie Oliver, who needs five ingredients when you can have one meal five ways? Didn’t think of that did ya.
Another sad January moment was that I poured myself a Prosecco at four o’clock to then realise it was too early for it to be acceptable to drink and put it back in the fridge, as what was festive in December is now just alcoholism in January. I’m really not coping well am I.
The port is still sat unopened on the side, not that I actually drink port, they just had a taster in M&S and my Nan liked it so I thought we could have a tipple or two on the big day. But did I remember, of course not as I’d been drinking since 11am.
Potentially the saddest part of returning to York is that I can’t take my dogs with me. WHY GOD WHY.
Obviously I do love university. I’m excited to see my friends and do all the fun parts, I’m not a complete hobbit, not yet anyway, but the work load is not gonna be the one is it. To put it in perspective I have 14,000 words to write before I finish in May. 14,000. I have two so far, JOG ON.
Side note: Instead I’ve decided to start re-reading the Harry Potter series, I’m absolutely-friggin loving it. I do feel I’d only be excited for a term now if you told me it was at Hogwarts, I’ve got half the merchandise already could practically move in tomorrow.
My Spring Term Aspirations:
I want to finish some more of my novel by July and if I write a few pages a week then I’ll have a nice chunk.
Read books unrelated to my degree
I’ve found that this keeps me sane while at university, as I’ll be honest an English degree reading list isn’t as enticing or adventurous as you’d hope.
I haven’t read all the classics, I haven’t read books that inspired me to choose English like The Great Gatsby or The Handmaid’s Tale. Instead it’s an odd selection of texts and 80% of it is stuff your lecturer is obsessed with, and it’s boring as your Nan’s wallpaper, then they throw a mainstream text in there to remind you that you aren’t doing a degree in archeology of forgotten, should-have-been-burnt-long-ago literature.
Complete the Grace Fit Guide
Some people find having several things to do at once a bit overwhelming, and end up looking like a constipated squirrel for majority of term, but not me (I hope) I actually like spinning all my plates at once.
I only actually have one plate at university so I actually could spin that one, but I’d break it and then eat in a bowl for 12 weeks. Anyway, I find if I’m controlling little bits of everything, my life seem to come together, as that’s basically how life works right? Good advice Jess.
Grace is amazing and her guides are so accessible, so I’m excited to restart them – I’ve not been lifting for like four weeks now, but I can still do her guide it just hurts more and takes slightly longer.
Get on with your own thing
Get on with your own stuff and leave everyone else to theirs. Don’t compare, don’t worry about it and don’t get distracted by what they’ve done and you haven’t or visa versa.
Make a clear outline of my Dissertation
I need to do practically all my research for my dissertation before I come home for Easter, as I would ideally like to write and finish my dissertation before I return to York in April. I say that now, but I’ll probably be too distracted by um, a blade of grass, or my dog’s cute face to actually do that.
Make the most of what’s on offer in York
It’s easy to get distracted by well the work and stress at university, or what’s for dinner, so you miss that play you wanted to see, or that yoga class you desperately wanted to go to, to sit and wonder whether you could eat a Domino’s family meal deal by yourself. But I want to make the most of the opportunities at University while I still can!
Stay focused on the bigger picture
My dream is not to be an academic teaching hungover, sleep-deprived teenagers for the rest of my days, as they’d know more than I do within a week and I can’t deal with that inferiority.
As that is not my dream, so I don’t need to invest in tweed, or hours of beating myself up for not getting a first, as well I don’t need it for what I want to do. My best is my best and that’s good enough.
Try new things
I want to do more of things I enjoy for instance I used to do an evening yoga class and loved it so I’m going to find another class to try.
Get adventurous with my cooking
I have a selection of yummy cookbooks coming back with me to York and my slow cooker, in an attempt to learn how to cook well, to hopefully spend less money on food I don’t make. Also it gets boring eating the same few meals everyday, so I’m going to at least try and be a bit more adventurous with my meals. It’s also a more productive form of procrastination and that works for me.
What are your spring term aspirations at University?