Saturday, 12 August 2017

Let's Catch Up!

Cup of tea

Goodness, it's been a while, hasn't it?!

I let this blog take a bit of a back seat over the past couple of months. It was a busy time, with moving house, finishing up one job and moving on to the next one. 

Initially I was keeping up at least an Instagram presence, but there's only so many times I felt I could share food photos without boring everyone! There wasn't an awful lot else going on in my life that was particularly 'instagrammable' - no one needs to see photos of me living surrounded by cardboard boxes...

Stepping back from blogging also gave me a good chance to consider whether I wanted to carry on with it. Having a break initially made me think perhaps it was time to wrap it all up, and to occasionally think back to "those days when I had a blog". But now that life is starting to settle down again, I definitely feel like I'm missing something and it's time to get back to blogging!

Canon Camera

So here I am, back at my laptop, typing away and wondering where on earth to begin?! Last thing I was writing about was a week in Prague - so I feel there's rather a lot to catch up on!

I guess the biggest updates are a new flat and a new job. Having moved every year since 2011, you'd think I'd be pretty fed up of moving into new places - but actually once all the hard bits are done (like actually finding a place, submitting my entire life history in paperwork and lugging boxes up and down the stairs) I quite enjoy settling in and making my home all over again.

 My new flat is unfurnished, the first time I've done this. Fortunately, I've managed to convince my parents it's a good time to clear out their house and so I've acquired a few bits and pieces, plus a new bed. I still need to buy a sofa and table and chairs, but I've improvised with some blankets and cushions on the floor for now! 

At the start of the month, I took up my new job as an FY2 doctor (second-year junior doctor) in a new hospital trust. I'm working in psychiatry and I'm thrilled with it so far! I'm thinking of applying for psychiatry training next year, so this is an ideal rotation for me. Mental health is easily my favourite area of medicine and I think I'm going to enjoy the next four months rather a lot. 

A few months ago, I talked about getting over my anxiety about driving. This week I've needed to drive in order to get to some of my induction teaching for the new job (or face 2 hours of public transport each way). I still don't enjoy driving and probably never will, but I've massively increased in confidence. I've driven for an hour each way on busy roads, sometimes in heavy traffic and no longer feel particularly anxious about it. I've also nailed parking in my designated parking space - a tricky manoeuvre thanks to it being right behind the automatic gates...

And in other news that I don't think I've mentioned here yet, I've signed up for another half marathon! I ran the London Vitality 10,000m in May and fancied going a bit further. I'd been making lots of excuses not to run another half, but I also couldn't get the idea out of my head. So, all being well, I'll be running 13.1 miles through Oxford in October. I'm sticking to a training plan, finding some good routes near my new flat and have discovered a nice swimming pool I can use for a bit of cross training.

London Vitality 10000 runner

So that's what is going on with me right now! Thanks for sticking with me through my little break and I'm hoping to be getting back into blogging a little more regularly again :)




  1. Yay glad that you're all settled in! Love the improvised couch, it can be so hard to furnish a whole flat but it does make it feel more homely when it's all your stuff! x

  2. Glad you are settled into your new place - we've just moved to and still half living out of boxes so I feel your pain (though somehow our sofa was delivered on move day!). Looking forward to hearing more from you!

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