Monday, 11 April 2016

Happy Mondays #12

I began the week as a super buzzy, cheery holidayer feeling more relaxed than I have done in months, soaking up the wonder that is Copenhagen. I ended the week feeling frustrated: post-holiday blues and the knowledge that I have a virtual gigantic pile of uni work to do with absolutely no motivation to do any of it. The relief of handing in my dissertation, followed by an Easter weekend away and then an amazing holiday has made me forget how to read/write/concentrate...BUT today is Monday, and the beginning of a new week. I am certain it will be less fun than last week, but hopefully it'll be a teensy bit more productive. 

The things that have made me happy this week are...

1. Holidays 
This was a really long anticipated holiday, but it was absolutely worth the wait. I'd been so excited to go to Copenhagen for such a long time, and it was such a perfectly timed getaway. A belated birthday treat, positioned straight after an intense last term at uni, full of deadlines and dissertation. Though we were only away for 5 days, it felt like a proper break - when we got home it felt like we'd been away for ages. I'm hoping that the lovely break away, plus a few days procrastinating/readjusting time, will put me back in the mood to get on with some actual uni work this week...with the knowledge that next time I go on holiday I'll have finished my degree forever! To hear more about my trip to Copenhagen, check out my photo diary ( read about what we got up to (). 

2. Speedy reading 
I get this weird satisfaction out of reading books really quickly: not skim reading them, but just having loads of time to sit down and smash out a book. It takes a certain kind of environment, and it takes a certain kind of book - and it turns out that Acts of Contrition by Jennifer Handford and a 2 hour flight and 2 hour train ride home was the perfect combination. By no means was it the best book I've ever read, but it was exciting, fast-paced and a real page turner. The story follows Mary, her family, and a big secret she's been keeping from her husband. As the story unraveled, I felt like I could both sympathise with and be disappointed in Mary - but always eager to know exactly what would happen, to her, to her husband, and to her seemingly perfect family unit. It was a good read, and such satisfaction to open a book and have finished it a few hours later. 

3. Modern Family 
There was this incredible time when Modern Family was on Netflix, but alas that time is no more. After a long day of sightseeing and a nice meal out in Copenhagen, we headed back to our apartment with the permission to use our Airbnb host's Netflix. Turns out Danish Netflix is like British Netflix but a billion times better (and with Danish subtitles), and Modern Family was right there staring at us. A couple of episodes when we got back in the evenings, or over breakfast or getting ready in the morning, and by the time we left we'd almost finished a whole series...I've dedicated a lot of time to working how out how I can watch the rest of the seasons now we're back in the UK, and can't find any way to do so without paying loads of money or streaming it illegally. WHY? I'd say that if you haven't seen Modern Family then you need to go and do so right now...and if you can find a way to do that, please tell me how, so I can too. 

4. Quality time 
It's really easy, too easy, to get wrapped up in our own little lives and thoughts and worries and habits, and not take enough time to step back, chillax and spend quality time with the people we love. Whether its your friends, your partner, or your mum, I think it's really important to set aside some time where conversation extends beyond "what's new?" or "what's for dinner?" and actually find out how people are, what they've been doing, what they're thinking, and do fun stuff together. Zooming down to Wiltshire for Easter weekend and then having our break in Copenhagen was a really nice opportunity to spend some quality time with Simon - to travel, to sightsee, to sit in coffee shops and not say much but just be there with each other. I've come home ready for a couple of months of moaning about revision, of spending weekends bulk making meals to put in the freezer and sit in bed and watch know, with some quality time squeezed in somewhere. 

Happy Monday! X

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