00:04 So…I decided that I will study about lumbar decompression with discectomy and spinal fusion, and that by the crack of dawn I will write a 3000 words essay. I have never been so wrong. The moment I crawled out of my warm cosy bed to put clothes and shoes on, I regretted my decision. Luckily, I live only a 2 min walk (basically, I just climb a staircase) away from the library@UEA.
01:18 Why is it so dark and lonely in here? It’s exams time people! Wake up!
02:13 Darn it! It’s bloody cold!
03:28 My eyes are so sleepy… What on earth was I reading about!?
04:42 My laptop is running low on battery. Oh, wait, I forgot my adapter. Well, f.
05:16 Battery finally died. My job here is done! Overall, I actually wrote 465 words and managed to make a presentation which is due after Easter break. I feel so proud of myself I could tap myself on the shoulder.
05:25 Saying goodbye to all the books I didn’t read!
Would you dare to spend a night in the library? Comment below.
1) Homemade bread – click for recipe
Step one: Prepare all the ingredients
Step two: Mix the ingredients
Step four: Bake it and enjoy
2) Homemade casserole
Step one: Peel, wash and chop 2 potatoes, 1 carrot, 1 onion and put them in a non-stick tray. Add 250 g of boiled pork. Add 500 ml of water with pork or beef stock cube dissolved in it. Roast in the oven at 200 degrees C for 30~35 min. Enjoy! Tip: if you want to thicken the broth then just add a spoon of white flour in it.
3) Pink shortbread cookies
200g unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small cubes
150g sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
Food dye in colour of your choice, I used red which turned pink
Tip: I added one egg into the mixture to avoid cookies becoming dry
Step one: Mix ingredients
Step two: Bake cookies at 190 degrees C for 10- 15 min
Step three: Enjoy with a cup of tea!
Have you got any suggestions what I should cook next? Comment below. 🙂
OK, I passed my communication essay and my exams for Module 1 of my 1st Year in Nursing! Now I need to focus on the exams of Module 2 which are also my final exams for the year. These include OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), Calculations of medications, Assessment of practice and my Portfolio. I’m glad I’ve made it all the way here but I’m also terrified that it will become more intense and challenging from now on. Even though in my first year I don’t have an exam in Anatomy we already need to study and prepare for the anatomy exam which will be at the end of my 2nd year.
Studying Anatomy is not for the faint-hearted. One thing that I find difficult is keeping myself motivated to study it mostly because of all the information that we have to comprehend. It’s just too much! It gives you a sense of pride to have the knowledge of how things work but it can also be terrifying to learn about what can go wrong in your body and all the terrible diseases and conditions a human being can develop or be born with.
I really hope I can manage to learn it all and pass my exam next year. Just thinking about it makes me wanna cry. . . Halp, someone!
1. Shoes inside homes – In my home country Bulgaria it’s a taboo to walk with shoes inside your own or someone else’s home. Shoes are considered dirty and contaminated. So when I came to the UK I was a bit shocked that people would walk with their shoes inside their homes and even on carpets. On the contrary, occasionally they would walk outside barefoot or just wearing socks for ‘a fag’ (to smoke a cigarette).
2. Sinks have two taps – There is nothing more frustrating than washing your hands with very hot or very cold water. It’s simply drys your skin. Filling the sink with water from both taps is the only option to get warm water but it takes too long, makes the sink dirty and wastes more water.
3. Silent letters (in bold) – They are the letters that are part of a word but not pronounced when the word is spoken. A perfect example would be the word ‘queue‘ – you write 5 letter but pronounce only the first one! Other examples include debt, plumber, autumn, listen, hour, talk, wrist, foreign, know, mortgage, guard etc.
4. Fitted carpets everywhere – British people love carpets! Why? I have no idea. Fitted carpets are so wide spread and popular in England that people don’t even realize how out of place they look sometimes. I’ve seen fitted carpets in most if not all houses/apartments, as well as in many public areas including banks and shops. The reason I dislike fitted carpets is that they are difficult to clean, yet people constantly walk with their shoes on them.
5. Obsession with fire doors – Fire door here, and there, and everywhere! Opening them feels like pushing 10 kg.
Comment below for anything you find weird about Britain 😀