Thursday, 31 May 2012

Daily Life: End of exams and a super long birthday weekend

It's been over a month, but welcome back to meeeee.

My last exam was on the 24th of May (how has it been a week already?!), and with my birthday landing on the Sunday, I had a super long weekend to finally relax before the craziness begins for me again on the 11th of June. (I'll be starting placement then, but I aim to keep posting every week. At least to keep me sane.)

The weather was gorgeous over the weekend and I was so glad to finally be able to go out and enjoy the sunshine. 

Last Friday (25th), my sister came up to stay for the weekend - I was meant to collect her from the station, but the bus was super late so she collected me from the bus stop instead :P We did a bit of shopping in Loughborough (which has hardly any shops..), before we headed off to The Basin for lunch :P 

She has the photos, so I'll post them up when I manage to get them off her!

We went back to my halls after, and met my friend and his cousin, and her boyfriend (complicated?) not long after we'd arrived. We all piled into the kitchen and did a bit of speed baking, as time was limited and we had to grab dinner before we went to see Derren Brown's Svengali at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham. We were in such a hurry that we left the cakes in the oven (and my sister alone in my flat), and ended up grabbing a quick Subway for dinner.

The show was... so good. Hard to describe. It wasn't all intense throughout - there were parts where I laughed so hard my stomach hurt - but the parts that were dark.. it was as if the whole theatre was holding its breath, tense and intrigued as to what would happen next.

Photo on the balcony!
I was meant to sit separately from the others, but luckily, no one came along to make me move, and we enjoyed the show sitting together :)

The next day, we went to Alton Towers (the UK's largest theme park) with my course mates. We had quite a busy morning - as the car could only fit 5 people, we had to take 2 people to Nottingham to catch the bus. This involved waking up super early.. and we all know I'm rubbish at waking early..! We made it with 2 minutes to spare, hopped out the car and legged it to the bus station just in time. 

On the way to the park, a few of us realised that we had forgotten all sorts of things - travel sickness tablets, hair bands, sun screen... - but as we had to stop by a town on the way so my course mate could pay her rent, we managed to grab these things from Boots. As I went to the bank with Candy, I didn't manage to get hold of the sunscreen... which is why I now have very unattractive 'tan' marks. To be honest, I actually look like my shoulders, back and neck have been oven cooked. Strangely, my legs are still pasty. Woo-hoo. Two-toned freak!

We dinnered in Nottingham that night, before heading back to campus.

At May Sum Chinese buffet :)
That night, we iced the cakes we made on Friday night :P

So much icing :D
The next day was my birthday :P My sister met up with her friend, and my friend and I went for lunch and a bit of shopping in town. I was looking for a pair of sunglasses, so I dragged him through a few shops and made him give me opinions :P

We had lunch at White Rabbit Teahouse, a tea house that I'd only just recently discovered and really wanted to try :P

My scone with clotted cream and jam - was yummy!
I don't remember what was in his panini.. I think there was pesto..?
Action shot! Last blog action shot shown here :P
Because the one of me was too horrible to share XD
Thank you for such an unforgettable birthday.

We had a barbecue that night on campus and spent most of the night packing up my things for the move the next day. I think I stressed everyone out on Monday with how much stuff I had and with how much I dawdled and did next to nothing in terms of helping pack the car. Well. I found myself annoying anyway.

I got home on Monday night and had dinner with the parents :)

I met with my best friend on Tuesday for sushiiiiii! We always seem to have sushi XD

Now that I've had such a great long weekend, hunting for housing and unpacking are so... not fun D: But I do realise that life isn't always about the ups. Not that looking for a place to live and unpacking possessions are a 'down'. Some people don't even have a place/possessions >< Gah, need to be more grateful.

I've missed blogging... It feels good to be back.

What have you all been up to? If you're in the UK, how have you been enjoying the sunny weather? :)


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