Hello Internet Peoples! I trust that you’re all keeping supercalafragilisticexpialidocious (can you guess what movie I’ve been watching?!)
It’s been a while since I’ve written something that didn’t include a dodgy all-nighter, copious amounts of coffee and an increased sense of loathing towards my degree- but finally, I found a spare minute to sit down and write something that wouldn’t make Chaucer want to punch me in the face… as much. I’ve had a pretty busy two months as you’ll soon see, and therefore it’s been hard to find the time to be creative. So, by way of an apology, I’m doing a double instalment today. It’s a sort of confessional, if you will- except the only thing I’m guilty of is being too damn fabulous.*
(*DISCLAIMER: I’m not actually that arrogant)
February is such a weird month- for me, it means exam results, a change in timetable and a new, incredibly long reading list; none of these things really inspire much confidence! March seemed monotonous and stressful, with the exception of my reading week during which I just sort of fell into bed and hibernated. Thankfully, there were a few fun happenings to help perk up the otherwise dreary days!
1. Afternoon Tea
One of my all-time favourite things to do when I was little was organising tea parties for my teddies (because I was lonely without any siblings PARENTS), and so I always wanted to have a “real life” tea party in the future. Don’t get me wrong, that calorie free imaginary tea was great and everything, but it didn’t really quench your thirst.
Being the terribly middle class students that we are, on Valentine’s Day, we made reservations for Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast. It was so fancy that I found myself exclaiming things like “Capital!” and “Splendid!”.
Upon arrival, we got complimentary champagne, with little raspberries in the flutes (because raspberries are obviously the fruit of luuuuuurrrrve *winks*). We were then offered tea or coffee, and a few minutes later the most elaborate, beautiful three-tiered platter of cakes and sandwiches arrived at our table. It was just so breathtaking that Chris dropped his handkerchief and fainted, while my monocle popped out and I couldn’t help but exclaim how “Sublime!” the whole affair was.
In all seriousness however, the food was honestly amazing. The sandwiches were so perfect- dainty, but with generous and decent fillings. The cakes and homemade truffles were beautiful. And don’t even get me started on the white chocolate and raspberry scones (because words just simply would NOT do them justice). Our server was also such a cutie! I literally felt like a princess. At £17.50 per person, it’s the cheapest Afternoon Tea in Belfast- and they also serve a gluten free alternative. If you’re looking for something a bit different to do for lunch, THIS is so amazing!
Three days after leaving the Hilton, we arrived back there for my boyfriend’s formal. I made a vow to myself that I was by no means WHATSOEVER going to wear another blue formal dress. And so, I went dress shopping, and came home with a blue dress, because I lack imagination. Maybe next time I’ll wear a different colour!
Admittedly, I was nervous- I’d never really met any of many of his Physics friends before, and here I was, a dirty humanities student who could tell you what the French word for science was, but couldn’t tell you the first thing about it. Everyone was SO sweet and lovely however, and I had an amazing time getting to know everyone! Eating, drinking, and being merry in abundance; possibly one of my favourite uni experiences so far. Just don’t get me started on the price of the gin!
3. Durham (or Durm as we say chez moi)
Chris and I took a wee trip over the water to visit his lovely sister and her boyfriend for the weekend. It was my first time in England which was seriously exciting! I can honestly say that we spent the whole time eating- between Greggs, Krispy Kreme, brownie bars, red velvet cakes, amazing fish and chips and complimentary breakfasts, we become happily, morbidly obese- but it was so worth it.
Two highlights in terms of shops were Fenwicks, the massive department store in Newcastle which was just STUNNING, and Whittards, because white hit chocolate is just the most amazing thing in the whole world. The hotel we stayed in was also really pretty. However, Durham itself was gorgeous. The cobblestone streets, the Cathedral and the quirky, independent shops are just some of the appeal of this beautiful city (I sound like I work for their tourist board- I promise I don’t!). It’s definitely somewhere I want to revisit in the future.
Unfortunately this month, we had to say goodbye to our lovely dog Chopper. Aged only 7, it came as a shock to us; but ultimately I’m just so grateful that he didn’t have to suffer. It’s really weird being home for Easter and him not being here, but I’m focusing on all of the happy memories of him rather than dwelling on the sadness of his absence. For example, that time he ate the phone cable, causing us to have no phone, no Sky and no internet. Or that time he ate a basin. Or, most hilarious of all, the time he ate the crotch out of several pairs of daddy’s underwear. Ah, Choppy!
So that’s been the past two months for me! To end on a less sad note, some other exciting events/obsessions recently have been:
- Wagamama (I CAN’T GET ENOUGH)
- Folk night in Parlour during the Physics Pub Crawl #BringBackSteve
- Getting my hair cut up for the Little Princess Trust (will be doing a separate post about that)
- Fixing my old polaroid camera
- Staying in touch with friends old and new
- Getting a MacBook! I feel so damn fancy!
All in all, February and March haven’t been too shabby. I’m so relieved we’ve finally reached the Easter holidays and can relax- what have you guys got planned? I’d love to know 😀
As always, thank you muchly to everyone for your support for my blog- I feel so inspired and I’m so happy that people actually read it! You’re all so sweet 😀