This past week of university has been a bit long and taxing and has possibly been the start of the dreaded freshers flu (I am praying to the almighty that I haven’t got it!). Nevertheless, there has been a few highlights this week and after sitting down to write this post I forgot how much there was to actually show gratitude for. It’s funny how your brain works, always looking ahead to the next thing, but I honestly think this reflection buisness is good for the soul.
This seems like a fairly bizarre thing to include on a Wonderful Wednesday post as I don’t think anyone in the history of the world likes having to do a powerpoint presentation, however, this time is different because I have been BLESSED with having a partner who has split the workload 50/50. It has been the case primarily throughout my three years at uni that someone in the group does not pull their weight but oh no not this time (praise the lord!). Not only that, but she is a pretty fabulous gal too (yeah Im talking about you Jem!), a double blessing! Oh and BTW if you don’t know what I am on about then SHAME ON YOU because you are likely to be the person who relies on everyone else in the group to do the work!
Another delightfully boring thing to include today however it has revolutionised sleep for me, so I thought I’d share it with you all here. It’s called ‘sleep calculator’ and basically calculates the best times for you to either go to bed or wake up, as when we sleep we go through a stage of 90-minute ‘sleep cycles’. When our alarms go off in the morning it’s really a guessing game as to whether you will be in your deepest sleep phase or not, which is why we often wake up so tired and groggy despite having 7 or 8 hours sleep. The app works by calculating the best time to wake up (in-between our 90-minute sleep cycles) depending on the time you go to bed. For example, if you have to wake up at 7am it will calculate that you should aim to be asleep by 10pm (to have six 90 minute cycles), 11:30pm (to have five 90 minute cycles) 1am (to have four 90 minute cycles) and so on. I normally take 15-20 minutes to fall asleep so I usually aim to have everything switched off at 11:10pm. It also works if you want to go to sleep straight away, for example, say its 10:15pm and you can’t keep your eyes open for any longer, it will suggest for you to wake up at 7:15am (or earlier/later) so you have six 90 minute cycles. I have been using it for the past 5 days and I have always woken up refreshed, as opposed to feeling groggy and confused as to where I am. I couldn’t recommend it enough, so if you struggle with your sleep download it right now!
Bourbon biscuits are dairy-free!! Who knew?! As soon as I read that they were dairy-free they were one of the first things to go in my trolly when I did my weekly shop. Oreos are known for being vegan, but Bourbons!? I think that is one of vegans best-kept secrets (apologies to anyone from outside of the UK who doesn’t know what a bourbon biscuit is, you’re missing out!)
Girl on the Train
I have been wanting to read this book for a little while after hearing so much about it and like always I am slow to join the party. With the film out this week, I knew I had to read it pronto and I wasn’t disappointed. There are a few mixed reviews out there, with some arguing it was a little too predictable, but I found it to be an unusual style of writing (told through the eyes of the three leading female characters) that allows you to see the different perspectives that just keep to the suspense. With everything that is going on at the moment with university, it is nice to escape into the world of a book so I am looking forward to browsing the kindle store for my next read!
Boyfriends to the Rescue
University got a bit too much for me on Sunday and as a result, I turned into that crazy pyscho girlfriend you read about in cheap mum magazines. David, on the other hand, handled it like an ABSOLUTE TROOPER and calmed me down from a queen BITCH without even batting an eye. It made me appreciate (and miss him!) even more and it makes me beyond excited to be returning home in 11 days (eeeeeeeeeek!)
This week I have been feeling unwell (if it’s the beginning of the dreaded freshers flu I think I might cry!) and so I sought comfort from my housemates. In an attempt to feel better, we turned to old youtube videos from our teenage years. If anyone is too young to remember ‘My Spoon is too Big’ and ‘The Duck Song’ you need to get out right now cause you’re going to make me feel like a dinosaur.
These ‘Wonderful Wednesdays’ you have seen scattered all over the bloggersphere have been inspired by the lovely Sally Tangle. If you want to read more then check out Jo,Helen,Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El and Kerri’s blogs and let us keep this cycle of happiness and good intentions spinning!
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