September In Review

Happy autumn! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I didn’t get a chance to make an August In Review post, but I didn’t get up to much, really. I was mostly stressing over my dissertation (and still am as my marks are released in a few weeks) which was due at the end of August. I was really depressed about my work and felt there was still a lot to be done or could have been done differently if I managed my time a little bit better earlier in the year. Hindsight is a great thing, isn’t it? Regardless of my mark, I’m certain I passed, which is something to celebrate. I’m not a Master of Research in conservation biology!

Also in August, I moved house (post still to come), surprised Diego at home in Madrid and went to Bergen, Norway with my gran and two aunties.

Anyway, back to September

At the end of the month, Diego came back! It’s been nice having him around again, even if he is on the other side of town rather than five steps away.

I went to a few gigs: Arcane Roots in Tunbridge Wells and Enter Shikari in Brighton. That was Arcane Roots’ last proper gig ever as they announced their break-up a week or so before. It was a good gig, but the one last year was a bit better. On the other hand, Enter Shikari was amazing! It was an intimate show for charity that sold out almost instantly. My friend Alex bought tickets for himself, me and Diego but was unable to make the show, so I passed his ticket on to my friend Rachel and we met up with another one of my friends Hannah for a few pre-show bevvies. I lost one of my shoes during the first song but remained remarkably unscathed throughout the show (photo credit: Jamie MacMillan).

Work has been more or less the same, but I started doing overnight visits. These are sleeping nights so I can sleep, but I have to keep my ears open for any trouble and make sure my clients are safe and attended to. Unfortunately hunt for a new job isn’t going amazing. Although I’ve been offered several interviews for other healthcare jobs, none of them can supply me with a visa. I was careful in applying within companies that are sponsors, but the positions I’ve been applying for don’t meet the salary criteria for a visa. I haven’t lost all hope and am applying for conservation jobs and hope to land something, but not woefully optimistic.

However, I’m trying to make what very well might be the last few months of my time here count by packing in all I can! So far, I’m going to Cardiff with Diego for a hockey game, some shows and gigs in West End and hope to book one final trip to mainland before I head back across the pond.

What I’m watching: Sicario, Wentworth (seasons 1-3)

What I’m reading: The Alienist by Caleb Carr, Wide Open by Gracie X, Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro, This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

What I’m listening to: Rosenrot by Rammstein, Trouble Will Find Me by The National, Ghost Note Symphonies by Rise Against, The American Dream by Trophy Eyes, Opera Oblivia by Hellions, A Deeper Understanding by War on Drugs, The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, TA13OO by Denzel Curry, Alright, Still by Lily Allen, Welcome to the Neighbourhood by Boston Manor, Palms by Thrice, Sum of all Your Parts by Fatherson, No Blues by Los Campesinos!, The Strange Case of… by Halestorm

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