Groundhog Day

24/10/14 – 365 Challenge #297

First thing this morning I had a hospital appointment for an abdomen ultrasound, to see if they could further determine the problem I’ve been having. Mum and Granny accompanied me (I can’t stand hospitals!) and thankfully there doesn’t seem to be anything overly problematic. I’ve just got to have a couple more GP follow ups and blood tests over the next few weeks, and then hopefully I’ll be in the clear!

The three of us then went into town to have a coffee, and some breakfast for me, as I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink before my scan. Mum left before 10.30am to meet Dad, as they’re off to France for a long weekend. Granny and I went to M&S so that she could do some shopping, and then to Waterstones, where she wanted to buy a couple of books for my nine and ten year old cousins. I of course got sidetracked, and picked up ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio and ‘More Than This’ by Patrick Ness, which Granny kindly bought for me – thank you Granny!

When we almost home I mentally calculated that we had been overcharged in Waterstones (my two books were buy one get one half price, but we had been charged full price for both) so at 4.30pm (after walking the dog) we headed back into town to get that all important £4 refund for my Granny. I got sidetracked once more and came home with ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ and ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ by Stephanie Perkins. We also stopped at M&S again, where we bought some food, and Granny bought a jumper.


On the way home we stopped at the fish and chip shop to get dinner (where they forgot Joe’s sausage), and we then spent the evening in the same manner as much of the afternoon; watching the tennis. I also introduced Granny to Gogglebox, but I don’t think she was too impressed. I think tomorrow calls for a more relaxed day.

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You’ve Got Mail

23/10/14 – 365 Challenge #296

Since I’ve been at home for an increased amount of time (due to my current illness), I’ve been spending (pun not intended) more time on the internet, mainly looking at book pages on instagram and YouTube. This has led to an increase in my personal book buying (especially in first/signed editions). Therefore the sight of a few parcels a day isn’t an uncommon one – the postman joked I was keeping him in business, and it’s not the first time I’ve heard that.


Today I received four parcels, all containing books. There were a couple I don’t want for various reasons, but I now have six more books to add to my ever growing collection – the back three and the front and centre are all first editions. My TBR list now must consist of over 100 books – I think I’m going to have to go on a book buying ban in November!


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Getting Creative

22/10/14 – 365 Challenge #295

I got my results back from my doctor this morning, and things are finally looking up, as there’s improvement! I was, and am, so relieved to hear that.

I got quite a lot of mail this morning, including: some colourful tabs to mark quotes I like in books, Taylor Swift’s CD single ‘Shake It Off’, three packets of photos which I ordered last week and two parcels containing one book each. The first one was ‘Harry Potter: The Creature Vault’ which looks so exciting, but I’ve yet to open the wrapping, it feels too final. The second one was my 3rd parcel from Goldsboro Books, ‘Us’ by David Nicholls, which is a signed first edition copy.


After lunch I walked Molly with Mum, then settled down to start work on what I’m intending will be ‘My Year In Photos’ arranged in a collage format in a scrapbook. Some days I’ve taken multiple photos, but I’ve limited myself to one or two photos a day for the book. After going to the Post Office, running one or two other errands, and picking Granny up from the station, I sat down again (with Mum for some of the time) and have completed my initial step of days 1-5. It certainly looks like it’s going to take me hours and hours, if not days and days to complete!


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A Day In Bed

21/10/14 – 365 Challenge #294

I managed to sleep almost solidly until gone midday. I was absolutely exhausted from yesterday, and that has taken its tole on me all day, and as a result I didn’t go in to university for my lecture. In the back of my mind I have been waiting for a phone call from my doctor with my latest blood test results, but it has yet to come which is making me paranoid.

I found a website called TheBookPeople purely by chance, and I was amazed at the books they offer at the prices they do. In the end I placed a rather large order – I bought 48 books for less than £50 – including some big names! I later also placed an order on Amazon for a further four books (and One Direction’s latest single).

This evening Mum and I watched two episodes of ‘Prison Break’. Next up is the final episode of Season 2 – no spoilers please.


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Goodreads (and Badreads)

20/10/14 – 365 Challenge #293

I went to Uni early this morning for a 9am group meeting for ‘Consumer Research’, followed by my ‘Strategic Management’ lecture. By the time I arrived home at 1pm, I was exhausted.

In the free hour between my meeting and lecture, I listened to some more of the ‘Eragon’ audiobook, which I subsequently finished just before dinner. That marks my 24th book read in 2014, and means I’ve met my Goodreads target. I have to say though, I seriously struggled with ‘Eragon’ (that much is apparent by the sheer fact I started the novel in September 2013). It didn’t grip me at all – thank goodness I found the audiobook or I fear it would have been another year before I finally got through it!


Having just read such a heavy book, I decided my next read (despite being partway through ‘A Clash of Kings’, ‘Bared to You’ and ‘Gone Girl’) would be ‘PS, I Love You’ by Cecelia Ahern. I love her books, but it has been years since I’ve read one. I figured I’d start at the beginning.



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19/10/14 – 365 Challenge #292

With a little help from my Mum, I cracked on with tidying my bedroom today, and it is now cleaner and neater than it has been in months! Unfortunately I have far too much stuff for everything to have a defined place, so there is still a great amount of books/CDs/DVDs/toys which are either hidden away under my bed, or are on the landing. My room looks good though!


Since I inadvertently purchased Amazon Prime six months ago (thankfully at the student rate of half-price), I am not unaccustomed to receiving parcels on a Sunday. Yesterday I ordered two books, Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant and Endgame: The Calling by James Frey. The other two books arrived yesterday, so this is my weekend book haul (they are all 1st editions). My current October total stands at 37 books. Crazy.


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18/10/14 – 365 Challenge #291

This afternoon we took Joe to his away football match, and we spent a couple of hours walking Molly (who kept stealing other dogs, and kids, balls) and running errands whilst he was playing. Mum and Dad bought a new vacuum, and we took Molly to Pets at Home to buy her a reflective jacket for walking her at morning and night, as it is becoming increasingly dark and difficult to see her.

I’ve finally got into listening to my ‘A Clash of Kings’ audiobook – I listened to over an hour today in the car – which is helping me to make some headway into this monster of a book, which I want to have read by the end of 2014.

After dinner, Dad picked up my new issue of ‘The Economist’, which I subscribed to at the beginning of the summer, and the main article (quite rightly) is on the Ebola outbreak, and we spent a good half an hour discussing world events – the journal/magazine is very good at outlining all current issues. We’re both agreed that more needs to be done to tackle the virus which poses a gigantic threat to the human race.


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