Hello, bloggers! I hope you’re well.
(This is the part where I hope that I’m not talking into a murky abyss of nothingness, as this blog has been somewhat neglected of late.)
So yeah, I disappeared there for a while. It was completely unintentional, but I think, much needed. Ever since I finished university, life has become a bit of a whirlwind, so much has been going on, but all of it good! I have been making it my mission to have as much fun and relaxation time as possible, and to catch up on doing things I didn’t have time to do the past 3 years, and it’s been awesome.
To put it simply, after finishing university I was burnt out. Emotionally and academically. Despite my best expectations and want to blog, every time I opened up a blank page to begin a review or general post I felt completely uninspired and couldn’t even bash out a couple of sentences. The same went for social networking and answering emails (so sorry to those who tagged me in things and didn’t get responses)! I think after spending so many intense months glaring at my laptop researching and writing essays I needed a computer detox, and I’ve now come out the other side feeling refreshed and ready to return. 🙂 But first, I thought you might want to know what I’ve been up to when I haven’t been blogging!
I think graduation day was one of the most surreal days of my life. So much hard work and effort was put into reaching that point! It was wonderful to have my family and friends there to celebrate with me, and while the actual ceremony was long and boring, my eyes watered as we all paraded out of the cathedral in our gowns and hats, through all the parents smiling and clapping. It was the moment it hit me that I had finally made it. After exiting the church, I was also amazed to find out I had won an award for coming top in my psychology class, and in the top 10 of all graduates in my university for 2015. Safe to say, I was speechless! I can now officially say I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with first class honours. 😀
My Best Friend Got Engaged!
Wow, this one was a shock to the system! I mean…we all knew it was coming at some point in the future, but she’s the first of my friends to get engaged and it seems way too grown up. Question: WHEN DID WE GET SO OLD?!?
Since I was made a bridesmaid, I have been spending a lot of time with my friend helping her with wedding-related plans, whether just talking things through, or looking up wedding dresses, and it’s been so nice to spend so much time with her after being away at uni for so long!
At my friend’s engagement party, I also happened to meet someone pretty darn awesome, and I am officially no longer a single lady! I’ve been going out with anonymous for about 3 months now which has also been taking up an extra portion of my time. A couple of months in he also treated me to a long weekend in Hay-on-Wye in Wales aka, the TOWN OF BOOKS! It boasts 25 bookshops in the small area and it seemed like everywhere you turned you were surrounded by books inside and outside. The bookshops were beautiful windy old buildings that were deceptive in their size. Often snaking round corners and up rickety stairs, holding all sorts of treasures from new books to musty old ones. I picked up a few bargains – A Dance of Dragons Part 1 by George R.R. Martin, The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, and several Tolkien related companion books.
See, this guy already knows the key to my heart is the bookstore, clearly a keeper. 😉
Recently, I also took the plunge and started having driving lessons. I was absolutely TERRIFIED at first, sure I was going to crash or hit something. But I’m six lessons in now and everything has gone reasonably smoothly so far, so fingers crossed that continues! I have officially mastered the basics, and soon I will be on to tackling roundabouts and manoeuvres, eep! I also need to start working on the theory side of things, so back unto the learning breach again my dear friends!
Going on Lots of General Outings
The past few months I’ve also been trying to make the most of my freedom by going to lots of different places with friends, whether shopping trips, going to the coast, bookish events like YALC, sitting by the Thames in the sun, attending a ball and visiting the animals at London Zoo!
Struggling with a Reading Slump
This is the only negative on the list! It’s also probably one of the reasons I’ve been lacking blogging motivation lately, especially in terms of writing reviews. I seem to have hit a patch of mediocre books that haven’t been bad, but haven’t blown me away either, and this includes novels I had been really looking forward to reading! At this point, I’m not sure whether it’s the books or me. It’s probably a little bit of both. But, I think I’m slowly coming out the other side as the last two books I’ve read have been really good, so keep your fingers crossed!
So, The Game Plan…
I’m aiming to make a slow but steady return to blogging, but I am only going to blog when the want and desire are there! My blogging space is my happy space, and should never be a chore. For this reason, I’m not going to force it, even though I miss chatting to you guys!
I also intend to do several lots of mini reviews because I have gotten behind in my absence, and a lot of the books are ones I felt somewhat ‘meh’ towards, and while I want to note down my feelings for the record, I don’t want to dwell on them for too long!
So, I think we’re all caught up! Have you been up to anything interesting lately? What have you been reading? Do you ever feel the need for a computer detox?