Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The House of Abandonment and Chaos

Over the past few months there has been a steady stream of people in and out of 29 St Ann's Avenue and we are only just getting back to normality.

Housemate number one left us around February time, so we have had a spare room for a while, this was occupied sporadically ever since then by, uni mates, other mates, visiting siblings, and even lecturers! Then Graduation happened and at one point during these hectic few weeks, when people were being kicked out of housing, contracts were coming to an end and new ones were being signed, there were 8 people living in a 5 bedroomed house, and on actual graduation 12 of us (13 if you count Deb's baby bump!) were holed up in close proximity. Patiences were being tried and tested, bathroom feuds were regular and fridge space was like gold dust.

Now I would love to be able to say that this was all rectified and back to normal, but alas no. After a few crazy weeks of Josh officially moving into the spare room and Ash and Gareth crashing on the sofa for a while, and Will moving in upstairs, it was time for people to drift back and forward for the summer. At last, a few peaceful weeks of not many people in the house.

However...Now Josh was moving out again, along this time, with Debs, Dec and bump, Ash was officially moving into the basement and I was coming back from a few weeks in Newcastle. Obviously we all have amazing timing and managed to all decide to move out/in on the same day (ok Josh didn't but stay with me!) Hectic doesn't even cover it! Debbie and Dec gutting an entire basement and Ash refilling it, along with all the  stuff that Will was moving out there were boxes EVERYWHERE! Food in random cupboards and bags, and God only knows what, down next to the sofa's! Things were going missing, items that hadn't been seen in months were turning up and the yoghurt was moving out of its own accord.

Three days later and here we are, back to Me, Emily and Ash, (Liv moves back in this week :D ) and a relatively quite existence. It feels weird after the constant stream of people and chaos we've had since mid June. Its even quieter too, now that Dora has also gone! (Possibly miss her more than some of the people!)

Finally, to the lads at uni who reckon whomever I touch suddenly moves out/goes abroad, it seems to be getting more true as time passes!  Think we're up to about 12 now! So, on that note, I will bid ye all farewell!

Much love,

Rosie...One of 4 left in the House of Abandonment

Saturday, 11 August 2012

A New Chapter

The new layout to my blog is just the beginning of the new chapter of my life. Many people decide to make changes and drastically alter their lives at New Year or after birthdays, but why wait?

I start my fourth and final year of Uni in September and for me that is a perfect time to change everything! Anyone who knows me will be aware that I am a HUGE cycling fan and have been for a number of years, but living in Leeds I haven't had access to a bike...That will change! Looking ahead and seeing myself in Leeds for the forseeable future my loans this year shall be spent on a shiny new road bike (which hopefully I will use to get to uni)

This is goal number one: Improve fitness:
    Along with the bike, there will be gym memberships and rugby training, so by the end of the year I will have abs like Jessica Ennis!

Goal number two: SAVE MONEY!!!
       Like I said before I am in my final year of university, after this year there will be no more student loans or bursaries! I'm doing a teaching degree so even if I do manage to get a job straight after I graduate, I wont start until September, meaning I won't get paid until October. Leaving money to be found for deposits for new houses, rent for 2/3 months, bills, food etc...I really need to get saving! Depending on whether placement is  beofre or after Christmas this year, depends on when I start looking for the inevitable part time job I'm gonna be needing! (Actually scratch that, EuroMillions here I come!)

Goal number three: Eat better
   I guess this ties in with Operation 'Get Fit' really, and its not like I eat horrendously anyway. I'm not a big snacker, nor do I eat a lot of chocolate or live on ready meals. As a household we're pretty good at keeping each other fed with proper home-made stews and casseroles, Spag Bol's and chilli's, I guess I just need more variation, and maybe (dare I say it) more veg in my life! :-0 The slow cooker is gonna get a lot of action this year!

Goal Number four: See the Book of Mormon in London and live my life like the songs!
      Ok, this is a bit of a daft one but with lyrics like this, why not!
You and me, but mostly me
Are gonna change the world forever
'cause I can do most everything
(And I can stand next to you and watch)

Every hero needs a sidekick 
Every captain needs a mate (Aye, Aye)
Every dinner needs a side dish
(On a slightly smaller plate)
And then of course there is Emily's favourite!
When you start to get confused
Because of thoughts in your head
Don't feel those feelings
Hold them in instead

Turn it off
Like a light switch
Just go click
It's a cool little Mormon trick
We do it all the time

When you're feeling certain feelings that just don't seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light

And turn 'em off
Light a light switch
Just go back
Really, what's so hard about that

So I leave you with a Musical reference! No surprise really, but we'll see how well I manage to stick to these  goals, and hopefully by this time next year, I will have a job, be fit, and have a little bit of money saved up. That would be nice wouldn't it!