Sunday, 22 November 2015

Little Things I've Loved This Week #11

Clare Balding Audiobook on ipad and cup of coffee

Yet another week has flown by - final exams will be over before I know it, and Christmas will be here! This has been a funny, neither-one-thing-nor-the-other kind of week. Serious revision is kicking in now as we count down the days to finals, and so it's been a mixture of going into an almost deserted hospital (in terms of medical students... the patients and staff are still there!) for teaching that may or may not be cancelled, and staying at home working my way through practice questions. Not letting revision get me down though, I've still managed to find some positive things this week...

Listening to Clare Balding's "My Animals and Other Family". I've actually been meaning to read this for ages - I think Clare Balding is fabulous and was intrigued to find out a bit about her life. I've signed up for a month trial of Audible from Amazon and got one free audiobook. I spotted this in the library and decided it was the perfect free gift for myself! I've been listening to it as I fall asleep, and so far I am really enjoying it. The chapters are based around the various animals in her life right from birth, but there are plenty of stories of her life growing up - many of which have had me laughing as I'm trying to get to sleep! 

The best patient for a respiratory examination assessment. I love patients, they're brilliant. But this one was especially great- he's obviously seen a few medical students, and every time I did something he considered 'correct', he made sure the doctor examining me knew about it! He also pointed out all the 'clues' around his bedside so that I wouldn't miss anything, and told me (and the doctor marking me) that he thought I was excellent. Winning!

Secret Life of Five Year Olds. When the original one-off episode of Secret Life of Four Year Olds came out, I honestly watched it about five times. I was a little disappointed with the follow up new series to begin with, but this week's episode of the five year olds was hilarious! Whenever adult life is feeling a bit too much, just watching the simplicity of five-year-olds' drama is all it takes to realise life needn't be so hard after all! 

Chocolate brownies in tin

Baking a batch of brownies all for myself (almost). During one of the days when I didn't have to go into hospital, I needed something to do to save myself from the boredom of revision. I've actually been home alone all week as my housemate was away Monday to Friday, but I didn't see that as a reason not to bake! As I was working while they baked, I actually let them bake for the right amount of time so they were perfectly gooey, but still cooked throughout (I'm usually too impatient for this). Probably not the healthiest of things to do - but even medical students have our weaknesses...

Spontaneous Friday night out. When my housemate got back on Friday evening, unusually neither of us was in the mood for just sitting on the sofa watching TV! So we made the decision to go out for a drink. We headed to Clifton Village and settled ourselves in a nice pub with some wine and evening of people watching. Here's hoping all the couples on dates had a good time - we felt like we were watching 'First Dates' and now feel a bit lost without the follow up!

Hope everyone else had a lovely week!
Also - thank you to my followers, new and old, because I reached the 200 mark this week :)




  1. I'm now craving brownies! Good luck with all your finals lovely, I am sure you will do brilliantly - from what I've read you sound like you are going to make a great doctor! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  2. This week has flown hasn't it?! Those brownies look lovely and you can't beat a spontaneous night out can you? Hope you've had a lovely weekend too xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  3. those brownies! LOL i really want to watch The Secret Life :)

  4. Congrats on the 200 followers milestone!

    What are your thoughts about Audible? I have been half contemplating it for a while now and would like to hear your thoughts about your experience.

    That patient sounds so funny and cute!

    Nat | Dignifiable

    1. Thanks! I like Audible, it's easy to use and has a great selection of audiobooks. The only thing that puts me off is the price of the books - the subscription cost isn't too bad, but the audiobooks are expensive. I'm still thinking about it!

  5. I prefer my brownies a little harder but the ones I made the other night went way too far, they are more like cake! I really like your blog design, did you do everything yourself? Congrats on the followers also! xx
    Amy at Amy & More

    1. Everyone says brownies are easy - but I think there's a fine line when it comes to the right consistency! Thank you so much! I have done everything myself so far - lots of learning along the way.


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