In my interview with the lovely Camey that I did last month I mentioned that the best thing I've ever figured out about blogging is how to slot it into my life. How to create a balance between what is happening in the real world and what I would like to happen in my internet world. As April slowly got filled with various interviews, trips to the country side and other personal engagements for the first time I was comfortable leaving my little internet space to bide its time until life eased up a little bit. What better way to get back into the swing of posting than a few life updates?

 

MSc MIDWIFERY


I mentioned back in February that I had made the decision to go back to university. But there were a few things about the process I wasn't expecting. Firstly, I wasn't expecting the interview process to be so rigorous. The MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) is a force to be reckoned with and should not be treated lightly. Secondly, I wasn't expecting to be offered a space. When I attended my first interview I found myself surrounded by people who had a wealth of health care experience, people who had children, people who were applying for a third, fourth or fifth time. Safe to say I didn't feel overly confident at the time. And finally, I most definitely wasn't expecting to come out of the whole process with a space on a masters course. I am pleasantly surprised and so excited to be able to switch gears come February and embark on the 3 year journey to obtaining an MSc in Midwifery.

 

FITNESS FIRST


To anyone who may be reading this and happens to know me in real life, this may come as quite the shock... but I have joined a gym. Even more shocking-I have actually been going... in the mornings, no less. I made the shocking discovery sometime before Christmas that exercise makes you feel good. Who knew? Disregarding a small blip when I halfheartedly joined the swimming team when I was 13, I have been largely against  any form of physical exertion my entire life. Turns out though, it's not so bad. I won't be signing up for any marathons any time soon but some time on the cross-trainer and a few weights can't do me any harm. Small steps to healthier living? Something cheesy like that.

 

THE GREAT TEA BATTLE


If there is anything I have professed more love to on this blog than beauty, it's tea. It is arguably the biggest joy in my life. It solves all problems and makes any situation better. When I decided to make a conscious effort to cut down on dairy (for the greater good of my skin) I made tea the exception.  There wasn't any conceivable way I was going to stop taking my tea with milk. A little while ago I gave myself a stern talking to and made the first crucial swap to almond milk.  More recently though, I have embarked on an attempt to cut out caffeine all together. Coffee has been gone a long time and for the past 3 days I have been exclusively drinking lemon and ginger tea... so far so good. They tell me days 5-7 are the killer on a caffeine detox so please keep me in your thoughts. I have bought an incredibly pleasing blue pig mug to help me through the struggle. If that doesn't help then I don't know what will!

 

HAIR REMOVAL UPGRADE


On a vaguely beauty related note I have taken steps to upgrade my hair removal... glamorous, I know. I've recently taken up threading. Well, I haven't learnt to thread, but I've started getting my eyebrows threaded. It is so, so good! Nothing I read prepared me for the odd pain that comes with it (it feels like Kardashian talons are incessantly scraping your eyebrow), but it is totally worth it. The end effect is unrivalled- clean, neat, crisp, long-lasting, full brows are obtainable people. In other news, I have also recently purchased an epilator. I'll put my hands up and say I hate shaving- I'm not very good at it and it's time consuming. So far I am very happy with my exfoliation/epilation routine and you will no doubt get all the TMI details sooner rather than later.

 

PORK SHOULDER IN CIDER


Also not a surprise- I am talking about roasts. I love meat, potatoes and gravy- what can I say? I have become quite adept at cracking out a fairly decent chicken in just under an hour and a half- easy. Last week, for the first time I attempted a pork roast. Unfortunately I only managed to get half the skin to turn into proper crackling, but otherwise it was a resounding success! Unbelievably delicious gravy, tender meat, cracking potatoes... if I do say so myself. Even better, it has now facilitated three different meals for me and the boy and there's still some left over. Definitely best value roast meat for money. I am a pork convert. Goes pretty well with my pig mug I'd say.

 

So that's given my blogging muscles a nice stretch, I'm off to watch a riveting documentaries on sharks (wild!) but I plan to be back very soon. Any new developments with you lovely people?