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Marching On From Setbacks

Marching On From Setbacks

Wow, sorry for abruptly disappearing from the blog for nearly three weeks. I was doing a lot better on the ‘regularly posting’ thing, and then… well, life happened. Firstly, I got the flu, which was miserable. Also, my immune system is completely useless, so it lasted way too long — I spent several days unable to get out of bed, but still had a horrible chesty cough a week and a half later. The fatigue it caused was also pretty…

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Appy With Languages

Appy With Languages

My body decided that the first few days back in Cambridge would be a great time for me to get ill. Now, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have wanted to be ill in the holidays either, but if I were to choose when was an inconvenient time to be overwhelmingly dizzy with a cough and sore throat that kept me up all night, I wouldn’t have chosen now, right before term begins and when I’m desperately trying to get…

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Sick & Anxious (An Autobiography)

Sick & Anxious (An Autobiography)

I started writing another post in my ‘going to university’ series on Monday, this time about what to wear to lectures and so on, because that was something I worried a lot about just before I started. I wrote most of the post on my phone, so I had to leave it unfinished because I wanted to embed some tweets and have yet to figure out how to do that via the app, and figured I’d post it promptly. And…

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A Sickly Return: Miriam in Ireland, 2017 

A Sickly Return: Miriam in Ireland, 2017 

My triumphant return from Ireland was marred somewhat by the fact that I woke up on my last day in Dublin feeling horrifically ill. It wasn’t entirely clear whether it was the flu or a nasty cold and sore throat combined with the migraine I’d been battling for a week already, but it wasn’t fun.  And it made it pretty hard to make the most of my last day wandering the city, too, as I kept having to stop and…

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An Ill Start To Listening

An Ill Start To Listening

I hope 2017 isn’t starting as it means to go on, because I’ve spent the past four days ill to the point of being stuck in bed, unable to read or watch TV or do, well, anything. My latest novel has been as neglected as my French coursework (for which the deadline is rapidly approaching), and I’ve had to resort to listening to audiobooks to avoid dying of boredom. Me and audiobooks, we’re not the best of friends. I mean,…

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2017: Goals and Small Steps

2017: Goals and Small Steps

I’m not a big one for New Year’s Resolutions. I think it’s partly because I’m always more depressed in winter, and usually ill as well, so I don’t have the energy to commit to stuff, but it’s partly that January never feels as much like a new start as September / the start of the academic year does. After all, I’m still stressing about the same essays and deadlines, so nothing has really changed. It’s easier to resolve to have…

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So This Is Withdrawal

So This Is Withdrawal

One of the most important things I planned to do upon intermitting from Cambridge was to wean myself off my anti-depressants, because they weren’t working. I would have stopped taking them earlier, but for the fact that a change of dose is always a difficult process and can make you feel really ill, so I had to wait until I didn’t have any commitments or obligations before I could risk it. I started taking medication for my anxiety (and mild…

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Updates: I Have The Flu

Updates: I Have The Flu

Sorry for my absence lately, internet. I’ve not been well at all, spending the last few days almost entirely in bed and feeling very sorry for myself. It seems like my immune system doesn’t understand its purpose since it spends all its time fighting bread and yet I catch every variant of flu that crosses my path. I wanted to talk about my favourite gluten-free brands, which is one of the reasons I haven’t posted: I wanted to wait until…

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Poem-mas Day 2: Fireworks

Poem-mas Day 2: Fireworks

I’ve got a more cheerful poem for you today, I hope. That is to say, I think it’s more cheerful, but maybe you’ll disagree! If you’re wondering what’s going on, you probably missed my post yesterday explaining my plan to share a poem each day until Christmas, most of them from my first collection (Crossroads Poetry). tl;dr: I’m giving you a poem and a few thoughts about it, wahey. This poem’s called “Fireworks”, and as the title might suggest, it…

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Consistency and Success

Consistency and Success

I’ve been pretty absent from this blog for a while now. Actually, if you knew me in real life, you’d know that I’ve been pretty absent from all sorts of things: lectures, social activities, ballet classes… The vague illness I’ve been feeling for a few weeks decided to completely decimate me for the past week, which I spent primarily in bed. On the plus side, I watched all thirteen episodes of Jessica Jones and the first season and a half…

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