Monday, 18 April 2016

Happy Mondays #13

There's something about a sunny Monday morning that instantly puts me in a good mood. When it's followed by a train that ran on time, a sunny walk home, and a smoothie you're set for a pretty good week, even if it's clouding over and you have to put on socks and a jumper. This last week feels like it went on for ages and then, of course, the weekend went by in a flash. As with every April for the last 7 years, it's one full of revision and essays and bored eating. But what can ya do? 

This week I'm happy because...

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time 
I've been ready to see this play since before it was dramatised, since reading the novel aged 13. I've been even more ready to see it since it actually became a play, hitting the West End in 2012. So when Emma bagged some free tickets, I let out a *tiny scream* (because I was in the middle of an art gallery when I found out), psyched that my theatre dream was becoming a reality. In the hours before the show I began to doubt that it could ever do the book justice, but boy did it. It was an interesting, clever and compelling piece of theatre. A combination of an entrancing, modern set and powerful physical theatre, Christopher's life and struggle with autism was brought to life. Kaffe Keating's representation of what it is like to live with autism, seen, heard and felt by the audience, was the most remarkable thing about the play. I felt scared - not just for, but with Christopher - as he battled the train station, lost, confused and overwhelmed by the bustle. Nicolas Tennant played a convincing and emotional father, burdened with love, concern and stress for, and over, his challenging son and broken family. The show 100% did justice for the book, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone. Plus, SPOILER, there's an adorable puppy who features at the end - and since seeing the show I've been acutely aware of how much better my life would be with a Labrador puppy in it. 

Well, I am when I book it today when I've moved some monies about so I have more than £82 to my name. The plan is to spend 4 weeks in South Africa on a conservation project, working with lions, rhinos and ELEPHANTS. I have wanted to go on safari for longer than I can remember, so the opportunity to go away and spend a whole month on a reserve - helping out and hanging out with animals is the absolute dream. Given that it'll be the first trip I've been on by myself, and actually the first time I've been out of Europe, I'm slightly apprehensive - but all the massive excitement I have for animals and fun is dulling it right now. I'm excited to do a bit of exploring in South Africa as well, and hopefully biting the bullet and doing a skydive. It's hard to be super sad about revision when there are such exciting things to look forward to at the end of it. 

3. Blending 
I've discovered the magic of the blender - and what magic that is. Yesterday evening Simon and I made some pesto, and it was SO FRESH. So fresh. A blend, if you will, of rocket, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, garlic, lemon, basic and a little seasoning makes for a perfect pesto pasta, served with asparagus, cherry tomatoes and chicken. What a summery dinner. This morning I had a huge smoothie craving, and concocted an apple, mixed berry and banana smoothie and it went down a treat. I now officially feel like the healthiest person in the world, and convinced that all that fruit will offset the grilled cheese crumpets I'm just about to demolish. Here's to more healthy blending. 

4. Productivity 
I find that productivity comes in waves. Sometimes I'm really good at being productive: I develop a weird addiction to productivity and I power through all the boredom and revise the hell out of everything. Sometimes I take all my stuff out into the garden, realise I can't see my laptop screen, and proceed to sit outside for hours anyway in favour of warmth, tan and vitamin D goodness. This last week has been a pretty healthy combination of the two. Whilst I feel like I spent a lot of last week sitting in the sun, eating lunch with Nans, I have many pages of revision notes and one completed essay which suggests I managed to get some useful stuff done as well. Just as well, I suppose, since my finals start 2 weeks tomorrow, lol. I hope this week brings more waves of productivity...I need them. 

Happy Monday!
Hope everyone has cheery, sunny weeks. X

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