Wednesday, 24 January 2018

what I've been... #4

As January comes to an end, I thought that one of these posts would be an appropriate way to reflect on the first month of the year and everything that has been happening in my life from minute details to the bigger things. It's probably not going to be the most exciting thing you'll read but that is life, it is not always glamorous events and exciting news. Sometimes it's despair, hopelessness and dread.

what i've been doing-
Nothing new to be honest, just working. I have finally got a desk now so I no longer have the excuse of not having a place to work for my low levels of productivity. It essentially forces me to sit down and get stuff done, something that would never happen without it. I've also been occupied with my History coursework, a lot of Spanish work and trying not to give up on my Biology A-level. You know, just normal things a young adult would be doing. I got my hair cut and blow-dried today, it feels so good to finally get rid off those dead ends that were dragging my hair down and now I can enjoy it straight for a while too. change can be good. 

what i've been reading/watching-
I've been reading Hystopia by David Means and The Power by Natalie Alderman. Those are both my enjoyable books. Christopher Haigh and Patrick Collinson's book on the Elizabethan reformation, Jesuits, Missionary Priests and factions have not been so enjoyable albeit necessary for my coursework so what can you do. Reading books that aren't academically orientated has been a highlight for me though, it truly allows me to disconnect and actually read words that I want to read so if you have any book recommendations then please let me know. I would also really like to read more Spanish literature, I think Don Quixote is obviously a must-read as Cervantes is deemed the maker of Spanish literature. Also Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez is also on my list. Maybe Yerma and Bodas De Sangre by my favourite, Federico García Lorca. I'm in the midst of watching the TV show Las Chicas del Cable and if you follow me on any social media outlet, then you'll know that I am a very keen fan of it. It's everything you could want in a TV show and more. I love the topics it covers, the context of it and all the loopholes and love triangles in it as they're executed so maturely. I do wish there was more POC representation however it is set in 1920's Spain so it's is expected. Anyway, I cannot recommend this show enough- it's definitely worth a watch. The cast is amazing too. I have developed several crushes for all of the main male actors in it (despite how terrible some of their characters in the show can be): Martiño Rivas, Yon Gonzales, Nico Romero and Sergio Mur.

what i've been listening to-
I haven't really listened to much music lately, I think it's the fact that my reading has me occupied on bus journeys now as opposed to before. I do really like Salt by B.Miles which I discovered via Las Chicas del Cable and After the storm by Kali Uchis which I found through Zoe's blog. 



what i want-
An offer from Durham University. 
A trip to Madrid. I feel like I need to go, just for 3 days at least. I need to get out of this place for my own sanity. It'll also be good for my Spanish. 

what i've been anticipating-
I haven't got much planned for the coming months except from revision for exams and the actual exams themselves as well as my coursework deadline. With that being said, I am looking forward to going to Brighton with a few blogger friends but I don't want to call them blogger friends because to me it sounds as if we're just friends because of our blogs when really, these girls really do feel like actual friends that I've known for years. I think it'll be a nice day out. Katie's letter is also heavily anticipated. I'm also really looking forward to shooting with Lucy in a few days time, we have a lot planned and the show I've been watching has really influenced one of the outfits and locations that we're taking on. I'll hopefully be sharing more of my outfits on here very very soon! And finally, Liv's birthday party. I feel like my social life has got cobwebs all over it. A metaphoric blowing away of dust and webs and awakening something that has been dormant for what feels like decades. 

This installment of the 'what I've been' series (if I can even call it that) has been super brief but I think it's the perfect representation of what life has been like for the past 3 weeks. Nothing special or overwhelming, just neutral feelings. 


How's everything going for you? Are you looking forward to anything?
Dalal

16 comments:

  1. ahh i love a haircut, always makes me feel fresh! ah madrid is a beautiful lil babe of a city, definitely take a trip there when you can! (for research / studying of course!! *wink face*)

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

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    1. My hair feels 10x lighter now! I think I might have to, I just need to make time for it. If you have any tips/recommendations then please do let me know haha.

      Dalal <3

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  2. Beautiful post as usual <3 (and thanks for the mention omg i feel so loved). I've just finished reading Gabriel García Márquez'S "Love in the Time of Cholera"! It was a really immersive and romantic book and now that it's finished I feel extremely weird and sad. It was an amazing and incredibly beautiful read! I was even thinking of doing a blog post showing some of my favourite parts! I really want to get into reading more world literature. Obviously it'd be amazing to read them in their original languages, but that's a whole other thing in itself tbh haha. Fingers crossed for Durham, and keep going, you can do this! Sending love! <3 <3 <3
    p.s omg yess girl you'll be in Brighton! That's where I am! Have fun, it's such a gr8 city! (if you wanna go to a place for breakfast, check out this place called "Billie's cafe" - the food is ACEEE).

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    1. Why thank you! And of course, you deserve to feel loved. Ah that feeling when a book ends and you don't know what to do and wish it hadn't ended so soon. I'll probably buy some second hand copies of said books from amazon (in Spanish) so I can annotate them for any new vocab or confusing sentences. I would be very into seeing a blog post with exerts from the book, please do consider it! Every last bit of my body is (metaphorically) crossed in the hopes for an offer from Durham. I cannot wait to visit Brighton, I'll have a look at that cafe :)

      Dalal <3

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  3. The end is so tangible gurl, yes you've probably got the worst 5 months to go but THNK OF THE FREEDOM AFTER?! it sounds like you're submersing yourself in some pretty great media which is definitely a great release. Ah Madrid looks beautiful, I'm having the same craving wanderlust for Barcelona!!! AND yes!! I'm so excited for Brighton, its gonna be sweeet x
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    1. Right now it feels like the end has already come and I'm ready to give up (just. got. to. keep. going.) I don't want to think of "after" because I'm scared of what it might bring :/ I've found some fairly cheap plane tickets to Madrid in February so I'm actually considering it. Ah I think I'll leave Barcelona till the summer :'), I just wish I could visit every city in Spain without restrictions. I'm veeery much looking forward to Brighton

      Dalal <3

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  4. I'm looking forward to starting my certificate in marketing which is happening in two weeks. It's so crazy because I've been so IDLE for the past year, just literally traveling and relaxing all the time so i'm actually so excited to get some burn out ( yes, it's possible LOL ) I'm glad I came across your blog because it's very personal and you write about your life. It's actually so hard to find those kinds of blogs nowadays where everything is so super stylised and it feels cold and un-intimate

    www.paintingsflowersfurniture.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm wishing you the best of luck with your certificate and I hope it goes super well for you! Travelling and relaxing does not sound like something I'd ever get sick of haha.

      Dalal <3

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  5. Best of luck with getting an offer from Durham, so many of my friends are also waiting!! I loved this post, really made me reflect of what I've been up to a little bit too xx

    emsirose.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm really hoping it comes through soon- it sucks that they take so much time to respond.

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  6. Oh my god I completely forgot about UCAS until reading this- good luck with Durham! And I hope you do get your 3 days in Madrid! I love these posts of yours!!x

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    1. I wish I could forget about UCAS but it's always looming in the back of my mind. Thank you and thank yoouuu- I've found reasonably priced flights for late June so hopefully it'll be happening soon!

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  7. I love having a hair cut as it really changes how you feel. I really hope you get into Durham, all the best x
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    1. My hair is still straightened so I haven't yet experienced the true short hair feeling. I hope so too, keep you fingers crossed for me ahah

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  8. I've got all my fingers crossed for the Durham offer, the song you recommended by B. Miles is so good - I've just downloaded it on Spotify and no doubt I will overplay it. Madrid sounds like it'll be incred if you go x

    eleanorclaudie.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm hoping for the best :") It's such a good song, I've been replaying it non-stop for the past few weeks- I just love it! I cannot wait for Madrid :)

      Dalal <3

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