Monday, 5 March 2018

what I've been... #5

It's now March, which I am struggling to wrap my head around, so I guess that calls for another update post which although at the time of writing feel like they're too personal and won't get any engagement, actually seem to be my most popular posts on here. and breathe. That was a long sentence. 

what i've been doing-
I don't want to bore you about my history coursework but that is literally all that has been on my mind for the past month, it's due this Friday which is daunting but also fills me with immense joy because I'll finally have it done forever. There's only so much reading on the puritan threat to the Elizabethan church of England one can take, trust me. I had my Spanish speaking mock on Thursday which although I was anxious beyond means before it, I enjoyed it so much. My topic card was on immigration and then my presentation was about the Muslim rule of Spain and the Spanish Inquisition which are definitely my favourite bits of history. It really did make me realise just how much I love the subject and language and I cannot wait to be able to speak and continue learning it for the rest of my life. I got my grade back today as I edit this post before publishing- we got almost full marks lads!!! Moving on, I spent a few days in Lille over the February half term visiting my aunt and have also taken a social media use reduction if that made sense. I don't have any social media apps on my phone but I do allow myself an hour to go on instagram. I deactivated my twitter account because I felt like it was too much for me but I've now realised that if I want this post to have views that aren't me or my mum, I'm going to have to reactivate and promote this post through there lol.  I've gotten two new pairs of glasses (I collected them today) and I'm in love with both frames. Also had my contact lenses fitting session today which was...eventful and traumatising. It snowed for quite a few days here in London and it was surprisingly really heavy and actually settled so I spent everyday after school out in the snow with my sister, feeling like a child again. It was really fun and I'm so sad to see the snow melt away but equally as happy because we have blue skies and actual sunshine. May also be buying my own domain this week and upgrading from Monochrome Daisies to Dalal Tahira because growth!


what i've been reading/watching-
I finished reading The Power. I'm currently reading 'Where Angels Fear to Tread' by my favourite novelist, 
E.M. Forster, I loved A Room with a View. I've also logged onto my local library's online catalogue and reserved a few books that I'll be picking up throughout the week including Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, Fahrenheit 451, the great Gatsby and Call Me by Your Name. I don't know if I want to read Lullaby because it seems completely unsettling but we'll see. In terms of TV shows, I don't really have anything! I do want to watch Tiempos de Guerra which is about Spanish nurses sent to Melilla to care for the soldiers fighting in the Rif war and find love and drama on the way but I really don't have time to be sucked into a TV show again. I'm still waiting on season 3 Las Chicas del Cable release date to be given because I'll have to strategically plan how I'll watch it (I'll probably binge it tbh) 

what i've been listening to-
The Neighbourhood have been releasing a few EPs over the months and are releasing their full album on the 9th so I've been listening and waiting for that. My early teenage years are characterised by the band with me discovering Sweater Weather back in the day. One of my biggest regrets is not going to their concert in in 2016 because they seem to not have any concert planned yet (but fingers crossed that'll change with their new album!) I've also been listening to Young and Beautiful by Lana del Rey- my favourite song! 


what i want-

I want to watch Call Me by Your Name (but only until I read the book) and Ladybird! Maybe they can be a post-coursework treat. I also might be getting a kitten (!!!!!!!!) after months if not years of begging so I'm now spending my time looking at cat toys and bulk buying cat food instead of my history coursework. do you know what, TAKE A SHOT EVERY TIME I MENTION MY HISTORY COURSEWORK*

what i've been anticipating-

Starting from Monday, I will be able to come into school at 9:30am instead of 8:45am (only Mondays but it's better than nothing) The responsible young adult in me is shrieking at me, telling me that I should still go in at the normal time to get some coursework done. But then actual me is like "SLEEP!!!!!" so there's my internal conflict for you. I'm visiting Exeter on the 14th, I have an offer holder day there and I can't wait to spend hours wondering around the city that I could potentially call home in the future. Also the 5 hour journey there and back is weirdly exciting me, I love long coach journeys. Providing Durham give me an offer, I'll also be visiting there soon. Continuing with British cities, I'll be in Brighton for a day on the 1st of April and may be going up to Newcastle in the summer! I can't wait to visit Madrid at the end of June and possibly Barcelona for my birthday in mid-August. It is quite strange how I've never visited the main touristic Spanish cities before yet have such a huge affinity for Spanish culture, I do love the south but I'm v excited to explore the metropolitan cities. Whilst in Madrid, a day trip to either Toledo or Cuenca are on the cards and for Barcelona where I'll potentially be staying for much longer, Tarragona and Girona will also be possible trips. I'm going to Morocco for a month and will spend just under a week in Marrakech with Katie before coming back in time for results day *shudders* Now that I've typed it all out, it seems like I'm going to be jet setting for the next few months. On the Friday I send off my coursework, I'm going to the sky garden as a 'well done'. The majority of my already 18 year old history class is going out clubbing. Can you see the disparity?

I think that is all I have to update you on. I'll undoubtedly be returning back to this post and adding on anything I think of or remember later on.

How's everything going for you all? Are you excited about anything? What are you reading/watching/listening to?
Dalal

Blog posts from this month!
Travel diary: Granada 
Floral power suit
Let's take self-care seriously 

*drink responsibly, lol.

20 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS ON HAVING (almost) FINISHED YOUR HISTORY COURSEWORK!! And on maybe getting a kitten (if you do, I’m expecting photos) which is even more exciting. And on full marks on your Spanish mock!!! So many exciting things and so many exciting travel plans for summer!!

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    1. Thanks for reading Amanda!!! I had to cut it from 6,000+ words down to just over 4,000 and it was so emotional but I'm SO EXCITED TO FINALLY BE DONE WITH IT. I am excited beyond words for the little baby kitten, my mum told me earlier today and I started crying, I will definitely dedicate a blog post (or ten) to him/her. Hope you're doing well <3

      Dalal

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  2. I probably shouldn't read these letters because I feel like they're the content of my letters??? but a kitten! AHHH how exciting. Also YES for getting your History CW almost finished-remember the day I handed mine in so vividly, little compares to the relief. It sounds like you've got so much exciting stuff coming up!!! (yes come to Newcastle!) I've been thinking about wanting to read all these books but then reading them once and leaving them on my shelf seems like such a waste of a) money and b) resources and you've just reminded me that "oh shit-there is such think as a library" hahaha so I'll be making a trip. Fingers crossed for Durham but exciting for your Exeter offer holders day, I've only been once but it was so beautiful! I love these update posts x
    https://kaatielouu.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I always realise that these posts are literally like my letters to you, I'll make sure to change up my response to your letter once it arrives, don't worry. Oh gosh you don't even know how happy I am at the thought of a tiny ginger kitten to call my own ahh. I guess the exciting things were all made with the aim of having something to look forward to and to motivate me to just get through everything. The library is the real MVP!!!! Okay I'll stop writing this reply so I actually have something to write in my letter lol

      Dalal

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  3. I love these reviews! I definitely miss listening to the neighbourhood and this post reminded me of them so I will deffs go listen to their new stuff!
    http://sputniksweetheartn.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Ah thank you, I love looking back on them months later. Rediscovering music is so comforting!

      Dalal <3

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  4. Such a nice update, and YAS g, GROWTH. Jeez, it sounds like you have some amazing things to look forward to, can't wait to hear about them! <3

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    1. It felt so good to actually write something positive on here for once haha. I can't wait to blog about them all ;)

      Dalal <3

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  5. Congrats on your Spanish!! And exciting your coursework is almost over. Also, Call Me By Your Name is literally the most beautiful novel I have ever read- I don't know how to put it in words but the story line is fab but the writing is just out of this world. I'm excited to hear your opinion! Ladybird should definitely be a post coursework treat, it is such a refreshing and lovely film. I completely forgot about The Neighbourhood, what a throwback band (Sweater Weather, am I right). Love these posts! x
    constantlylibby.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!!! I've just bought it off eBay so I can't wait for it to arrive so I can start reading. I was looking through my old spotify playlists and was like "oh yeah, they exist!" so I've spent the past few days re-listening to all their stuff.

      Dalal <3

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  6. Great post! Congratulations, dear.

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  7. Well done for nearly getting full marks, I wish I was as hard working as you Dalal!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Thank you, Lucy- that's so nice of you to say!

      Dalal <3

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  8. Great pic and great progresses! Always good to summarize and set goals!:)

    www.bridgeofmemories.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, it's one of my favourite photos from Vienna! I definitely agree with you on the goal setting

      Dalal

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  9. COngrats on your History!! And of course your Spanish because that is insane and you deserve it so much! Eleanor Oliphant is a must read, it's so enthralling and a nice break from academic texts, my French teacher keeps recommending us Lullaby because I think it's written by a French author but like you I'm not sure if I would like it. Your summer is sounding so exciting, especially with all the Spanish cities - so much culture and history!!! x

    eleanorclaudie.com

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    1. Thank you, Eleanor! It felt very satisfying to know that I do actually have the capability of completing such academic tasks (regardless of the tears and anxiety in the process) I've picked up both Farenheit 451 and Eleanor Oliphant so I'll be keeping you updated on both. I'm sure Lullaby was written be a Moroccan woman, actually. Ah I'm looking forward to summer so much :')

      Dalal <3

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  10. I love the layout you done this when I'm reading it I just feel so calm haha!!! Also YOUR COMING TO NEWCASLTE IN THE SUMMER???!! YAY!! MY HOMETOWN!!!! YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!(the beach is the best) also I so wanna read Call me by your name too its one of the books I wanna read and films I wanna see (also can timothee chalamet marry me???)!! love this post!! xx

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    1. Ah thank you, it's my favourite type of post as it feels like a massive diary entry. I think I'll be spending a few days in Newcastle, I can't wait to explore up North. I'm almost finished with CMBYN (I got through it way too fast for my liking) and it's been amazing so far so I definitely recommend it. I'm going to watch the film this week hopefully, and yesss Timothy is so dreamy!

      Dalal <3

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