Back again! I hope you liked the extra post this week – it was about time I finished that post off about the Youth 200o retreat after it had been sat in my ‘drafts’ for weeks!
Once again, thought I’d share what I was up to this last week. So, here we go!
On Saturday, my friends and I had a busy day! We did our shopping at Asda in the morning before heading to town. With St Patrick’s Day fast approaching, a couple of the girls needed to buy something green to wear for our Paddy’s Day night out. I’ve never celebrated it before, however in a city that seems to be almost equal parts Scouse and Irish, I’m looking forward to it! I also haven’t been out since before Christmas so it’ll be good to let my hair down a bit and go out.
Sunday was generally a much more chilled today. I had a very nice lie in before my friends and I made Sunday dinner together. We also discussed plans to see each other over summer because I don’t know what I’m going to do if I don’t see them for four months after spending so much time together over the last six months (cant believe its only been that long – time has flown!). I spent the rest of the afternoon working on my next assignment before heading to Mass and then the CathSoc meal afterwards.
So it was definitely a great weekend all round!
Even though Monday is meant to be my day off, it always seems to end up being busier than any other day of the week! I had so much to do this week so I ended up spending the whole day practically running round to try and fit everything in: gym, laundry, returning library books, cleaning my room, making tea… the list could go on!
Despite having a to-do list longer than my arm, I really enjoyed the day and it was so satisfying being able to tick things off my list as I accomplished them. I also tried a new recipe for tea (chicken casserole) which worked well and my friends seemed to enjoy it too. So success all round really!
We had potentially my favourite creative writing lecture and seminar of the year on Tuesday morning… it was about blogs (and press releases)! After spending a lot of the year so far writing prose and poetry, it was great to be in familiar territory and to talk about something that I’m so passionate about.
On Tuesday afternoon, our seminar was cancelled and instead we travelled by bus to the university’s creative campus where we had a pizza reception before going to see a rehearsed reading of the play Educating Rita. It was nice to take time out of the usual timetable to socialise with my creative writing class, however I really didn’t enjoy the play. I thought it was catered very much towards a male, middle-class audience and there were a lot of references in it that I didn’t understand. The relationship between Rita and her lecturer Frank made me feel uncomfortable and Frank made a lot of sexual remarks that were completely inappropriate. However, the play was written in the eighties so I guess that society has completely changed since then!
I also didn’t like the way that the character of Rita was presented. The whole premise of the play was that a working class Scouse woman wanted to educate herself in order to become a different person, but I didn’t like this idea. I was left wondering why she actually wanted to change herself, why she believed that educating herself was the only way she could achieve any status in society and improve herself. As someone who is proud of where they come from, I was left confused as to why Rita would want to completely change who she is and try to make herself someone she was not.
There were many humorous elements to the play, and I think the actors did a great job in creating realistic characters. However, on the whole, I didn’t enjoy the play.
When we got back, my friend Emily had made the most beautiful cupcakes and so we had a great night watching TV, eating cupcakes and having a laugh. It was one of those nights where nothing really happens but it just makes you feel good (as corny as that may sound)!
In the morning, I had my Creative Writing tutorial. Each week we usually share our work and then comment on each others’, but this week felt different than normal. As we had all written blog posts, they were all very personal pieces and many were quite emotional. It felt like sharing these heartfelt and honest pieces connected us more as a group as we were able to see a side to each other that we hadn’t before. (In case you were wondering, the piece I wrote isn’t something I’ve published on here and I wont be doing – I’d rather keep it just for me for now at least).
After the tutorial, I came back to my room and powered through with my next (and final) assignment for English. I only have three assignments left to complete by 24th March but I want to get them done and over with asap so that I can relax and enjoy the last few days of term. In the afternoon, I went to the gym with my friends Emily and Emily to work off the cupcakes we would inevitably be eating!!
Not much happened on Thursday really! I had a busy day of Lit where we studied the novel Never Let Me Go and we had a very extensive chat in our seminar about cloning, ethics and the extent to which society is responsible for the way we behave and the decisions we make. It was very interesting, but also quite scary to think of how much we are unconsciously influenced by external factors in the world!
In the afternoon, we went to the library’s ‘special collections’ area where we were able to look at books from hundreds of years ago. It was a unique experience to be able to learn more about how books were made back then, and also seeing how the books can be representative of the historical period they are from.
Later on, my friend Amy came round and we had a chilled afternoon/early evening chatting about various things and having a laugh. It was nice to just take some time out from the day to relax! That evening was Amy’s night to cook, and she used a recipe that we hadn’t tried before – fajita chicken pasta. It was so good! (I would definitely recommend it – she got the video from Facebook so I’m sure you’d be able to find it on there.)
So, that brings us to today! With having no lectures until the afternoon, I’m planning to get as much work done as possible before I go to the Flame conference tomorrow at Wembley Arena! I’m hoping to get my final Lit assignment finished off, to go to the gym and also get a couple more jobs done before I go to uni. Fingers crossed, that to-do list will be completed by the time you’re reading this!
Have a great weekend!
Until next time,
P.S. If you made it to the end – congratulations! I just wanted to let you know that I have a pretty cool Ed Sheeran-related post going up early next week, so keep your eyes peeled for that!