Oops! I was in Pembrokeshire.

So last week was not a good week. My brain wasn’t functioning correctly, I couldn’t focus, and I didn’t finish anything I started. I also quit my job, got my dates mixed up for my MIG welding class and accidentally missed the induction. A huge boulder was crippling me, and I felt like a bitter disappointment, like everyone must hate me.

That’s a large reason why there were no blog posts last week; life was really just getting on top of me.

Back in April, my mum and I had booked to go to Pembrokeshire, Wales, for a long weekend. I had completely forgotten about it until a few days before we went, so it was quite a surprise for this little noggin. But off we went on the Friday for three nights. Continue reading “Oops! I was in Pembrokeshire.”

Oops! I was in Berlin.

I went to Berlin for a week.

To be honest, I wish I still was there!

Leaving real life behind for a new city allowed me to breathe freely for the first time in what feels like forever. There was no worrying about college or work or anything. There was just me, Phil, and a beautiful city that needed to be explored.

Continue reading “Oops! I was in Berlin.”

Snow still sucks but at least I was laughing while being cold

So last week it started snowing and my friends at uni learned very quickly that I hate the snow. They should’ve figured that out already since I told them that I hate winter and would gladly swap countries with my two friends from Singapore, but whatever. They know I have Raynaud’s disease and that I therefore just want to hiber-

What in the holy crap is Raynaud’s disease?


Raynaud’s disease is a genetic condition that causes the blood vessels in my fingers and toes to go into a temporary spasm when they get cold and as a result cuts the circulation to those extremities. This causes the affected area to change colour to white, then blue and then finally red as the blood flow returns. I like to say that my fingers and toes are “defrosting” when the blood starts flowing again because I’m just…weird. And it hurts like hell when I’m defrosting so I try not to frost in the first place…which is nearly impossible.

Now what was I saying… Oh yeah. I would much rather hibernate than go out in the freezing cold and have snowball fights, build snowmen, etc. I’ve tried it all because it looks so much fun, but I have no circulation in my hands and feet after a while and my fingers throb like sheeeeeesh! during and after.

Anyway, yesterday was the 19th January, making it 3 years since Dr Reid Oliver, the man of my dreams, first came to Oakdale on As The World Turns (a former American Daytime TV show). So when one of my darling friends text me asking if I wanted to go bike sledging (there are no decent hills in Leicester so we need a bike to pull the sledge along) my initial response was no. It’s cold outside, I’m in the warmth watching ATWT on YouTube – no. But since I’ve been in my room all week due to exams I thought I’d better get out the house a bit before I end up the same way Danny Hill did in the film Occupant (review coming soon!).

I have to admit that although afterwards I was in absolute agony, I really enjoyed it. But I doubt I’ll be doing that again this year. Maybe next year when I’ve forgotten the pain. In the meantime I will curl up in the warmth as much as possible with a mug of coffee or hot chocolate at hand.



Busy Busy Busy!

Hey guys! So sorry I haven’t posted for a while – I’ve been so busy with Engineering coursework and packing, I haven’t had a chance to write about anything!

“Packing?” you ask? I’m off to South Africa tomorrow, for a month! I can’t tell you how excited I am; the last time I went on holiday was 15 years ago when I was 3, so this is a dream come true. I have family over there you see. And I’ll be turning 18 over there so my birthday will be extra special since I will be with all my family.

I’m hoping to grab some inspiration from the African air, so don’t fret if you’re thinking, “What about The Long Way Home?” I’m going to finish chapter 7 before I go, so you’ll be able to read that and criticise it for me.

I’ll speak to you guys soon! Keep smiling!

Claire