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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Currently #13

I'M FREE!! I finished my exams on Friday and it feels so amazing. Last year my exams came and went so quickly that I barely noticed them happening but oh boy has this year been different. The revision period has felt like it's gone on forever and so the relief is very much real. I have absolutely loved second year and can't believe how quickly it's gone but it has been incredibly stressful at times so having a couple of weeks now to just enjoy beautiful Exeter rather than associating it with essays and exams is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Anyway, I haven't written a currently post this year which is mad to me and so this is definitely long overdue and I just thought it would be the best way to record this moment where I've finished my second year of university, so here we go...

Reading :: I realised the other day that for the last few months I've read exclusively non-fiction. It wasn't intentional at all but I have been loving it and, while I have no doubt that I'll be picking up some fiction to read this summer, I've thoroughly enjoyed the books I've recently been reading. Last week I finished Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams and let me tell you, that woman is an exquisite writer. Everyone should read this book because the life lessons are flawless and necessary and wonderful so go and get it now please. Since then I've been making my way through the latest issue of Oh Comely magazine. I've written about my love for it before but, aside from being potentially the most aesthetically pleasing publication ever, it never fails to contain the most stunning writing which makes it a joy to receive every couple of months.

Eating :: To celebrate finishing our exams myself and three of my course friends went for brunch at Cosy Club in Exeter. I hadn't been before but it is the most beautiful restaurant. It used to be a hospital wing and the decor is so pretty and reminded me of a slightly quirkier version of Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour if you read my write-up of that a few weeks ago, so I was pretty much in heaven just because of that. To make it even better, the food was absolutely delicious. I had the Rather Elegant Brunch - "Bacon and avocado with herbed spring onion & chive rosti, baby kale and fire-roasted tomatoes, topped with a poached egg and pumpkin seeds". Sounds perfect, right? It was! If you're ever in the area and looking for somewhere to brunch, look no further.

Thinking about :: The awful, awful terrorist attack in Manchester last week - I can't get it out of my head. Which I think is absolutely as it should be because it is so utterly abominable. There are truly no words that can adequately describe how horrific it is. So I'll just say that those poor families and friends who have lost people they loved at a place which should have been safe and inspiring and uplifting are in my thoughts and prayers and, as has already been said so wonderfully, we must always look for the helpers in times like these.

Watching :: Ok so this is very very unlike me but I've hardly been watching any tv recently. I KNOW. I don't really know how this happened but I just feel like I haven't had time. Or, when I have, I've prioritised other things. And I'm sure as soon as I start watching the new series of House of Cards I'll be straight back into my Netflix addiction but right now the only thing that I'm really watching, very sporadically, is Once Upon A Time (no spoilers please I still have quite a few episodes to go of the latest season!).

Listening to :: It's not like I wasn't before, but the past few months I have been super into music and mixing up what I'm listening to. I've been making monthly playlists on Spotify and really enjoying not listening to the same thing over and over which is what I usually do and instead making myself listen to different artists each month. In May my highlights have been John Mayer's new album, which I can't get enough of, and Bon Iver, among many other great artists. If you're at all interested in what I've been listening to or just looking for a nice, chilled playlist, then you can go and have a look at my May playlist here.

Loving :: Making plans/spending quality time with friends. Not that this is anything new but the past few days I've had the nicest time with my closest friends. I've had lunch dates, been for walks and went to a festival on Sunday (more on that in a couple of days) which, after weeks of revising, has been the best. I'm really appreciating how lucky I am with the people I have in my life right now because they really do make all the difference.

So there you have it. I'd say you're all caught up on everything that's currently swimming around my thoughts! I hope you're having a wonderful week and I'm hoping to be back in a couple of days with a write up of my day at Poltimore Festival on Sunday.

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