Monday, 7 March 2016

Happy Mondays #7

It's Monday, it's really sunny, it's basically Spring, and I am in an excellent mood. Then I just realised that it's already gone midday and the only things I've achieved this morning are starting a new book and breakfast. With 3 weeks to go until the end of term, and deadlines everywhere I need all the positivity I can get...and all the productive mornings, made up of more than Shreddies and my Kindle. I had a really good week last week, full of all the fun and friends and sharks, and so...

The things that have made me happy this week:

1. Swimming with sharks
Starting the list of with a epic one - go big or go home, right? Thanks to some lovely friends at London Aquarium, we had the chance to go swimming with sharks last Friday afternoon and it was SO COOL. All ready to go in our wetsuits and matching booties, we climbed into a kind of cage, with a perspex floor and mesh sides, where we could snorkel and see all the sharks swimming round us. Beforehand I was feeling this mixture of excitement and apprehension, but as soon as we were in there, it didn't feel like there was anything to be worried about at all. None of the sharks nor fish took any notice of us, and it actually felt really peaceful, just watching them swim about. Graham threw some food into the tank at one point, just in front of where we were snorkelling, so we could see all the fish rush to get it, no more than an arm's reach in front of us. It was awesome. 

2. Charlie's surprise birthday
Man I love a surprise, and what is better than a birthday surprise full of jerk chicken, rum cocktails and excellent people? Saturday evening was spent surprising Charlie at Rudie's in Dalston, and it was one of the best evenings out I've had in ages! You know when you see friends that you haven't seen for ages, and you have loads to catch up on, but it also feels like it couldn't possibly have been that long ago since you last saw them because everything slots back into place so well? That. It was also really lovely to meet some new people, people I felt like I already knew because I'd seen them on Instagram... It was also my first experience of Jamaican food, and it was tasty. I'm almost a rum convert and a big cassava fan. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE! 

3. Feeling like the end is in sight...and reach
This is both a terrifying and a comforting feeling. It's wholly distressing every time I remember all the things I have to do in the next weeks and months, but it's an amazing mix of excitement and relief to know that it will, then, all be over. I can't wait to get the next few weeks of dissertation and essays out the way, but I also need all the time I can get. I want time to hurry and slow down all at the same time. I know I'll get everything I need to do done, but it all feels a bit overwhelming and scary and confusing at the moment. Here's to a slow and uber productive week...fingers crossed. 

4. The new series of House of Cards
When a situation where the President of the USA is battling a divorce and some very unexpected problems (trying to avoid spoilers...!) is infinitely better than today's state of US Politics, you know something's wrong. I really enjoyed the first few series of House of Cards, and was really excited to spend Saturday morning starting the new series and, so far, I've not been disappointed. It's more tense than the last series, and there's even more underhand action and backstabbing than ever before - and that's what makes it so good. It's that kind of tension, combined with the complexity of American politics, however which means that it isn't a good programme to binge watch. It's dry, but in a chilling sort of way, and sometimes you just need a bit of recovery time before you carry on. If you've not seen it, I'd definitely recommend - it takes a couple of episodes to get into, but then it's killer. 

Happy Monday! x

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