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Going to write this post now as it is so far gone overdue and also I'm semi-procrastinating from my essay, but it is 10.23pm and the only reason I am still awake is because I have just eaten a massive bowl of pasta and there is no way I am going to sleep soon (but hopefully soonish). 
I am actually doing really well. I'm really enjoying University although the amount of work we have to do - even in first year is quite mad. Although I think I am partly making more work for myself by re-writing all my lecture notes, but thats only because I am shitting myself about exams and really wanna make sure I have everything I need in front of me at any given time.

Life is also crazy busy. I think I am being way too opportunistic and trying to take on anything that sounds interesting to me aka a very busy week. Plus work keep giving me four days a week to work and that's way too much so I'm temporarily crying inside and then realise I'll get a decent pay and everythings okay again.

I went on holiday last week for 5 days (three full days) to MALTA!!! Omg I can't even believe it, it feels like a beautiful dream. 23 degrees, sun everyday, swimming in the sea, exploring cities and towns and coastline, drinking wine most nights, enjoying the warm evenings. It was so short but so incredibly worth it, although I probably could of spent my reading week doing more academic things. I will praise myself and say I did do readings for my essay each morning.

At the moment my essay is for the evolution of language! Wow, so fucking intense and so so much reading to do but not a lot on the specific theory I am supposed to be writing about. Why is it always like that?! Today I wrote 700 words out of 1600 so tbh I am mega chuffed and this is partly my pat on the back. 

I am definitely not sleeping anytime soon :(

Missing my friends who live far away and haven't been able to see my family recently which is mega sad. I used to love being the person to head off and travel any old place for any old reason but now I literally have to double take before I book the coach and be like waaaait a minute can I actually afford the time?! Looking forward to Christmas and hopefully the opportunity for some real good catch ups. Also we are getting the kitty cats again over Christmas which I am so freaking happy about. WWOOOOOO Christmas cuteness. 

What else can I update no one (cos no one reads this right) about. 

:)

Oh! Took part in a Volleyball (all levels) tournament a few weeks ago and it was actually amazing. I've always loved sports but never properly engaged with it, so this was my first semi-competitive event and it was so strange. Bare in mind I'm only beginners in volleyball, I was so apologetic for every move I did, even though they weren't all bad. At one point I really got down because I thought I was proper shit, but everyone was just so amazingly supportive. I decided, right I am definitely going to stick to this and get good because I always let myself down and back out of things (in some ways). So yay for self-development. It's exciting! 

Ok I'll leave you now with some pictures of what seems like freaking ages ago, back in the month of September, here we are half way through November. 
I obviously also have October photos to upload, which I'll try and do once I've finished my essay. Also I will have Malta pictures to share which is amazing! And I get paid on Friday, so maybe some time next week I'll do a post on my holiday! 

Lots of love
Louise
x
Oh look its ma first day of Uni pic (could I get any more cringey?!)
P.S these came out in the most random order ever because I highlighted them wrong
P.P.S I just realised I took loads of pics in Malta on my DSLR and phone so will have to find the time to do some real chunky photo posts soon. 
P.P.P.S I probably won't have the time sometime soon (so sad but good in a way)

What I Did In September

Going to write this post now as it is so far gone overdue and also I'm semi-procrastinating from my essay, but it is 10.23pm and the only reason I am still awake is because I have just eaten a massive bowl of pasta and there is no way I am going to sleep soon (but hopefully soonish). 
I am actually doing really well. I'm really enjoying University although the amount of work we have to do - even in first year is quite mad. Although I think I am partly making more work for myself by re-writing all my lecture notes, but thats only because I am shitting myself about exams and really wanna make sure I have everything I need in front of me at any given time.

Life is also crazy busy. I think I am being way too opportunistic and trying to take on anything that sounds interesting to me aka a very busy week. Plus work keep giving me four days a week to work and that's way too much so I'm temporarily crying inside and then realise I'll get a decent pay and everythings okay again.

I went on holiday last week for 5 days (three full days) to MALTA!!! Omg I can't even believe it, it feels like a beautiful dream. 23 degrees, sun everyday, swimming in the sea, exploring cities and towns and coastline, drinking wine most nights, enjoying the warm evenings. It was so short but so incredibly worth it, although I probably could of spent my reading week doing more academic things. I will praise myself and say I did do readings for my essay each morning.

At the moment my essay is for the evolution of language! Wow, so fucking intense and so so much reading to do but not a lot on the specific theory I am supposed to be writing about. Why is it always like that?! Today I wrote 700 words out of 1600 so tbh I am mega chuffed and this is partly my pat on the back. 

I am definitely not sleeping anytime soon :(

Missing my friends who live far away and haven't been able to see my family recently which is mega sad. I used to love being the person to head off and travel any old place for any old reason but now I literally have to double take before I book the coach and be like waaaait a minute can I actually afford the time?! Looking forward to Christmas and hopefully the opportunity for some real good catch ups. Also we are getting the kitty cats again over Christmas which I am so freaking happy about. WWOOOOOO Christmas cuteness. 

What else can I update no one (cos no one reads this right) about. 

:)

Oh! Took part in a Volleyball (all levels) tournament a few weeks ago and it was actually amazing. I've always loved sports but never properly engaged with it, so this was my first semi-competitive event and it was so strange. Bare in mind I'm only beginners in volleyball, I was so apologetic for every move I did, even though they weren't all bad. At one point I really got down because I thought I was proper shit, but everyone was just so amazingly supportive. I decided, right I am definitely going to stick to this and get good because I always let myself down and back out of things (in some ways). So yay for self-development. It's exciting! 

Ok I'll leave you now with some pictures of what seems like freaking ages ago, back in the month of September, here we are half way through November. 
I obviously also have October photos to upload, which I'll try and do once I've finished my essay. Also I will have Malta pictures to share which is amazing! And I get paid on Friday, so maybe some time next week I'll do a post on my holiday! 

Lots of love
Louise
x
Oh look its ma first day of Uni pic (could I get any more cringey?!)
P.S these came out in the most random order ever because I highlighted them wrong
P.P.S I just realised I took loads of pics in Malta on my DSLR and phone so will have to find the time to do some real chunky photo posts soon. 
P.P.P.S I probably won't have the time sometime soon (so sad but good in a way)
I've actually found a moment to write this post! Can you believe it? 
University has taken over my life - in the best kind of ways. There is always readings to do, notes to be writing up or lesson prep to be making. 
On top of my degree I've taken on French lessons - Monday evenings, Volleyball sessions - Thursday evenings and joined the Yoga society which means I get one hour a week of pure relaxation (to some extent). I'm also trying to work a maximum three days a week (although I was in London this weekend so didn't get any hours). 

I am so so busy. But it's great, because I feel like I thrive in busyness. I just have to try my hardest to stay on top of it all. 
I love the cycles through town to campus or through the park to the sports hall on Thursday evenings.
I've met two other girls doing the same degree as me (there's only three of us doing a joint English Language and Philosophy!!) My Philosophy lecturers are all so funny and make the topics so much more of a breeze. 

So so far so good. It is an incredible amount of work and the fact I don't have assignments yet means that it's probably going to get a lot harder than this. But that's okay! 

I do kind of miss being able to attend to my blog. But so long as I'm taking pictures a blog post will eventually follow, so I don't mind really. 

Speaking of which, the pictures below are from a work bowling party and a night out with the gals in Bristol and lunch in the park with Tom. I didn't entirely finish the film but decided that some pictures were better than none, so developed the film anyways. 

I feel like I've forgotten how to write these posts - sorry haha! My mind is a bit all over the place and I haven't eaten anything yet today so I feel a bit skitish. 

I will try write again soon this month! 
Louise
x
Cardiff, UK

Film: September 2018

I've actually found a moment to write this post! Can you believe it? 
University has taken over my life - in the best kind of ways. There is always readings to do, notes to be writing up or lesson prep to be making. 
On top of my degree I've taken on French lessons - Monday evenings, Volleyball sessions - Thursday evenings and joined the Yoga society which means I get one hour a week of pure relaxation (to some extent). I'm also trying to work a maximum three days a week (although I was in London this weekend so didn't get any hours). 

I am so so busy. But it's great, because I feel like I thrive in busyness. I just have to try my hardest to stay on top of it all. 
I love the cycles through town to campus or through the park to the sports hall on Thursday evenings.
I've met two other girls doing the same degree as me (there's only three of us doing a joint English Language and Philosophy!!) My Philosophy lecturers are all so funny and make the topics so much more of a breeze. 

So so far so good. It is an incredible amount of work and the fact I don't have assignments yet means that it's probably going to get a lot harder than this. But that's okay! 

I do kind of miss being able to attend to my blog. But so long as I'm taking pictures a blog post will eventually follow, so I don't mind really. 

Speaking of which, the pictures below are from a work bowling party and a night out with the gals in Bristol and lunch in the park with Tom. I didn't entirely finish the film but decided that some pictures were better than none, so developed the film anyways. 

I feel like I've forgotten how to write these posts - sorry haha! My mind is a bit all over the place and I haven't eaten anything yet today so I feel a bit skitish. 

I will try write again soon this month! 
Louise
x
Really shouldn't hold off doing this post any longer as it literally is so quick to put together.
Summer is indefinitely over. Grey skies and drizzle have taken over and I'm just grateful its not freezing cold yet. 
Uni is slowly piecing itself together, my weekly schedule is looking busier and busier as the days go by and I'm just crossing my fingers I'll be able to keep on top of everything. But also so glad that I'm trying to do so many new things. I have two posts on their way which I will try and squeeze in this week. For now here are some pics from my Summer and a link to ma Insta, even though the link is like all over this blog...
Louise x

Summer

Really shouldn't hold off doing this post any longer as it literally is so quick to put together.
Summer is indefinitely over. Grey skies and drizzle have taken over and I'm just grateful its not freezing cold yet. 
Uni is slowly piecing itself together, my weekly schedule is looking busier and busier as the days go by and I'm just crossing my fingers I'll be able to keep on top of everything. But also so glad that I'm trying to do so many new things. I have two posts on their way which I will try and squeeze in this week. For now here are some pics from my Summer and a link to ma Insta, even though the link is like all over this blog...
Louise x
I've decided to spend a segment of my free afternoon writing again. Yesterday I had such a productive day but still found myself spiraling down into despair when I ran out of things to do. I scrolled through the internet and waited for Tom to return from work. I'm lucky enough to be with someone who tries so hard to make me feel better when I'm down. A bike ride to the bay surrounded by the setting sun made me feel much better. (Obviously) Sometimes I feel like the only thing that will make me feel better is being outside, yet I become convinced that I don't want to go outside or make up excuses. What's that about?! Doesn't it feel sometimes like there's two parts of your mind? The part that's you and knows exactly what's best for you and is positive and logical, and then the other part that makes you overthink, be irrational and is generally negative. I need to learn how to block this negative part of my mind out. I hate it! It's not me at all and I find when the negativity takes over I don't even understand how I am feeling the way I do. I guess its a working process, as is everything.

Anyways onto the post about the film I thought I had lost. Turns out it was in my travelling bag all along, which is bizarre considering I turned the bag inside out. The pictures are from Porto, Aveiro and Nazare. I was surprised that I hadn't taken more photos after Nazare, but looking back I think my camera battery was flat so I held back taking pictures until I realised it still had a little bit of battery left.

Enjoy the pictures!
This is kind of it for pictures for a while.. I have a Summer instagram post to do when I can be bothered to do it. I have a work party this Sunday which I want to try take pictures of - we're going bowling and I keep picturing all the cool shots I could get, but I could just be exaggerating in my mind the amount of fun it'll be and whether I'll actually want to take any pictures when it gets to Sunday.

Louise
x

Portugal

Film: Portugal 2018

I've decided to spend a segment of my free afternoon writing again. Yesterday I had such a productive day but still found myself spiraling down into despair when I ran out of things to do. I scrolled through the internet and waited for Tom to return from work. I'm lucky enough to be with someone who tries so hard to make me feel better when I'm down. A bike ride to the bay surrounded by the setting sun made me feel much better. (Obviously) Sometimes I feel like the only thing that will make me feel better is being outside, yet I become convinced that I don't want to go outside or make up excuses. What's that about?! Doesn't it feel sometimes like there's two parts of your mind? The part that's you and knows exactly what's best for you and is positive and logical, and then the other part that makes you overthink, be irrational and is generally negative. I need to learn how to block this negative part of my mind out. I hate it! It's not me at all and I find when the negativity takes over I don't even understand how I am feeling the way I do. I guess its a working process, as is everything.

Anyways onto the post about the film I thought I had lost. Turns out it was in my travelling bag all along, which is bizarre considering I turned the bag inside out. The pictures are from Porto, Aveiro and Nazare. I was surprised that I hadn't taken more photos after Nazare, but looking back I think my camera battery was flat so I held back taking pictures until I realised it still had a little bit of battery left.

Enjoy the pictures!
This is kind of it for pictures for a while.. I have a Summer instagram post to do when I can be bothered to do it. I have a work party this Sunday which I want to try take pictures of - we're going bowling and I keep picturing all the cool shots I could get, but I could just be exaggerating in my mind the amount of fun it'll be and whether I'll actually want to take any pictures when it gets to Sunday.

Louise
x

Mildly disappointed at the amount of kale I have left to eat for lunch today - as it is the only thing left in my fridge to be eaten... It's a good thing I love kale.

I'm deciding to do this post today before my Portugal post just to make things slightly confusing. Today has been my try and catch up on everything day, so far so good. The apartment is about as spotless as I can be bothered to get it. Only thing left on my list is to wait for a parcel to arrive (a new storage thing for the bathroom), build it and then re-organise my bathroom. Life has never been so exciting.

I guess I've accepted that my two months of Summer freedom is officially over. I am way too eager to be starting Uni in less than two weeks now, but am kind of feeling like I didn't use this Summer to all its potential. I haven't completed a single book, ok I am like 10 pages away from finishing one but it was only 180 pages long.. But I really wanted and should of been reading more. I don't know whats happened! I feel so demotivated to find myself a good book and sit down and enjoy it. I think it's because I haven't had a lot of free money to spend on books I haven't bothered looking. I also get so fussy with books and their writing styles, I feel like I get put off easily. Now I'll be beginning studying and everything I read will be for my courses. - Which I can't wait tbh because it'll be so interesting. 

Never mind.. I guess I shouldn't get so distracted and talk some more about my recent trip and show you some lovely(ish) photos.

Dimensions is one of my favourite festivals we've been to. Its located in Croatia just west of Pula. We went before back in 2015 (post here) and it was always a festival we wanted to revisit. So when I got an email saying I could have £50 festival tickets as I had been before - I couldn't say no!
You do however have to add on everything else - flights and transfers to the festival, camping or accommodation and then there's the opening concert Wednesday night (which is always amazing) followed by boat parties throughout the week. Saying that you can still do the festival cheaply, you just have to look at the options available and pick and choose what extra parties you want to go to (if any!)
I think the best thing for me is the fact that it is a holiday as well. You can travel out of the festival and explore the surrounding areas - the city Pula is about a 15 minute taxi/bus away. The festival is located right on the beach so mornings right through to the evening consists of  sun bathing and swimming, with music playing from midday and delicious food and drink all very close.
The festival stages open from 9pm until 6am and they're all located within an abandoned fort meaning the sound for each stage is top quality as the music is contained within the fort walls. There's always room to dance which I love as I'm not one for overcrowding = no room to dance.
This year there were quite a few electrical storms throughout the night. It affected the music maybe twice for no longer than half an hour each time and on the last night we got the most amazing display of lightning throughout the whole sky as we danced away.
I really think it's a festival I'll go to again next year as it is such a nice way to end the Summer and Croatia is such a beautiful place to be.

Enjoy the pics!
Louise
x

Fa┼żana, Croatia

Film: Dimensions 2018

Mildly disappointed at the amount of kale I have left to eat for lunch today - as it is the only thing left in my fridge to be eaten... It's a good thing I love kale.

I'm deciding to do this post today before my Portugal post just to make things slightly confusing. Today has been my try and catch up on everything day, so far so good. The apartment is about as spotless as I can be bothered to get it. Only thing left on my list is to wait for a parcel to arrive (a new storage thing for the bathroom), build it and then re-organise my bathroom. Life has never been so exciting.

I guess I've accepted that my two months of Summer freedom is officially over. I am way too eager to be starting Uni in less than two weeks now, but am kind of feeling like I didn't use this Summer to all its potential. I haven't completed a single book, ok I am like 10 pages away from finishing one but it was only 180 pages long.. But I really wanted and should of been reading more. I don't know whats happened! I feel so demotivated to find myself a good book and sit down and enjoy it. I think it's because I haven't had a lot of free money to spend on books I haven't bothered looking. I also get so fussy with books and their writing styles, I feel like I get put off easily. Now I'll be beginning studying and everything I read will be for my courses. - Which I can't wait tbh because it'll be so interesting. 

Never mind.. I guess I shouldn't get so distracted and talk some more about my recent trip and show you some lovely(ish) photos.

Dimensions is one of my favourite festivals we've been to. Its located in Croatia just west of Pula. We went before back in 2015 (post here) and it was always a festival we wanted to revisit. So when I got an email saying I could have £50 festival tickets as I had been before - I couldn't say no!
You do however have to add on everything else - flights and transfers to the festival, camping or accommodation and then there's the opening concert Wednesday night (which is always amazing) followed by boat parties throughout the week. Saying that you can still do the festival cheaply, you just have to look at the options available and pick and choose what extra parties you want to go to (if any!)
I think the best thing for me is the fact that it is a holiday as well. You can travel out of the festival and explore the surrounding areas - the city Pula is about a 15 minute taxi/bus away. The festival is located right on the beach so mornings right through to the evening consists of  sun bathing and swimming, with music playing from midday and delicious food and drink all very close.
The festival stages open from 9pm until 6am and they're all located within an abandoned fort meaning the sound for each stage is top quality as the music is contained within the fort walls. There's always room to dance which I love as I'm not one for overcrowding = no room to dance.
This year there were quite a few electrical storms throughout the night. It affected the music maybe twice for no longer than half an hour each time and on the last night we got the most amazing display of lightning throughout the whole sky as we danced away.
I really think it's a festival I'll go to again next year as it is such a nice way to end the Summer and Croatia is such a beautiful place to be.

Enjoy the pics!
Louise
x

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