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A Breath of Fresh Air

18 October 2015
There's something that I love about the countryside and the way that it allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of life and its daily routine. I especially love the peace and quiet and how it is near impossible to bump into somebody that you know - I guess we all love our own space from time to time.

A few weekends ago, my family, Drew and of course, my dog, all packed me away into the car and drove me off for a "surprise birthday adventure". We ended up at a hotel resort placed smack bang in the middle of the countryside, with a wide stretching forest - much to my delight. Whilst the hotel itself was absolutely incredible, it was its surroundings that were the cherry on top.

There were also fields filled with horses, which I absolutely wasn't complaining about; especially seeing as each horse wanted to be best friends with you.

I'm fortunate enough to live in a place where it is easy enough to hop in the car and escape into the countryside, where I'll spend my day wandering aimlessly around forests and fields, lost in my own thoughts. For me, there is nothing more relaxing than long walks and country filled days, so to spend a whole weekend doing just that, with some of my favourite people (and dog) was nothing short of a dream.

Until next time,


A Flaw in the System

13 October 2015
The human brain is a funny, old thing, isn't it? I spend a good proportion of my day studying the thing and everything that it controls as part of my degree, but when it comes down to it, it really is just the strangest thing.

There are some days where I, probably like many of you, am completely happy to be completely introverted; tucked away in my room with blankets and candles and a whole lot of Netflix, completely content to be alone with myself and my own thoughts. There are however, days like today where I have all this space to myself but find myself to be lonely. Not in the sad songs on a loop kind of lonely, but just in a sense of being alone - which I know that I'm not - hence the peculiarity of my brain. I have a whole host of people who love me, just a phone call away but I suppose that every so often, spending an entire day by yourself, with no physical human contact just isn't what the doctor ordered. That silly, old brain of mine.

Maybe none of this made sense, maybe it all did, but I've always found that writing out my thoughts has always helped me achieve a sense of clarity and helps me to carry on with my day. Excuse me whilst I get my brain back in order, things will be back to normal in a couple of hours; this is nothing that Netflix and some hot chocolate can't fix.

Until next time,


Organisation Station

11 October 2015
It's that time of year again, the time where I'm settling back into term for another (final) year at university, people are back at school and those of you with a full time job, well, I guess it's just October for you - respect, I don't know how you do it.

It's usually around about this time of year that I go into an organisational frenzy - I have a brand new diary filled to the brim with my plans for each day and work due, alongside a monsoon of new stationary; essential of course to the start of every new term for a stationary lover like myself. This year I invested in coloured pens - how exciting (and slightly tragic)!

As sad as it can be, I do find organisation to be key - I'm definitely not one of those people who can leave things to the last minute. I'm always that person who has submitted work way before anyone else has even started to think about it, purely because I hate having it bear down on me. I guess you could say I'm overly organised, but hey, I guess that can't be a bad thing, right?

There's something about this time of year that I find strangely therapeutic but that's probably just because I have a load of free time in between lectures and laboratory sessions where I can actually get myself organised and prepared for the week ahead. I'm sure that luxury will be long gone in a couple of weeks when I get caught in a constant storm of coursework and deadlines!

So if you find yourself lacking organisation in your life, I highly suggest you head on down to the shops, buy yourself a nice diary and some coloured pens and hey presto, you're already halfway there. You'll never look back, trust me.

Until next time,


Back to Basics

8 October 2015
Oh me, oh my, it's been a while. Excuse me whilst I brush away the cobwebs from around here - life got a little bit hectic.

It's been a year, I guess you could say that not a lot has changed, but there are some differences. I'm still Caitlin - no K's or Y's, with a strong affinity for nail varnish, puppies and Netflix marathoning but you probably could have guessed that.

The past year I've managed to make it through all the exams and coursework that university could throw at me, booked a spontaneous trip to Paris and spent a significant proportion of the Summer across the pond in the US - sightseeing, rollercoaster-ing and generally having a good time. Oh, and I became a cheerleader, but that's for another day.

All in all, welcome back and hopefully from here on in, normal service around here will resume.

Until next time,