Friday, 28 August 2009


So, as my birthday present the boyf offered to take me away for a long weekend somewhere towards the end of my holidays.

Because of the new additions to the family ( I got ANOTHER ferret... more about that later) and the fact the idea of struggling our way through a busy airport over the bank holiday seemed like torture, we decided on a staycation instead of a vacation.

So for the next week we're going to fill our time with lots of lovely touristy things we can do from home, and nice meals out. If we get a sunny day Leeds Castle in Kent is pretty high on my list of things I want to do, and the boyf fancies the London Eye one evening and maybe a little river cruise. We were also thinking of perhaps driving out to the countryside, finding a nice hotel and having a quiet night away where someone else cooks breakfast for us in the morning.

So... more about ferret #2. He's called Hugo. He's teeny tiny weeny at only 6 weeks old (although he's a big boy for that age). He's prone to temper tantrums and is currently in his cage screaming at the top of his voice because I won't let him out. I think Archie is slightly bemused and slightly pissed off. To be fair I'd be pissed off if I had to share a room with something so little but so loud.

I've had to put them in separate cages as Archie is about 4x bigger than him and plays a little rough, although it can't be bothering Hugo too much as he keeps going back for more.

Just over 2 weeks until uni starts again and I'm really excited. I need to go smart clothes shopping as I ended up throwing out most of last years clinic clothes which had completely worn out. I've already got a new academic diary. It's nice and shiney and new! I love new diaries!

Lily xXx

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Transport Worries

With roadworks etc it'll take me almost 2 horus to get to my next hospital placement in the morning. It's a half hour bike ride according to TFL.

So off I went to get a folding bike. It's red and shiney. I've kind of forgotten hwo to cycle, but I had a practice the other day and apart from being wobbly I was OK-ish. There are a few problems I came across.

1. Cycling is hard work... I forgot my inhaler. Had an asthma attack. Not clever.

2. I kept slipping off the front of my saddle. Why? Any tips on how to stop that would be appriciated.

3. Gears... wtf?! I have no idea what to do with those.

Any cycling in London tips would be muchly appriciated.

Lily xXx

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Ferret Fury

My ferret is now a master escapist. I thought I finally had his cage escape proofing perfect. I thought wrong.

Popped out for a couple of hours today. Came home to find he had got onto a ledge which is impossibly high and knocked over a huge pot of paint that I didn't even realise was up there... He then walked little painty paw prints all over the room. The only good thing is that he hasn't managed to walk any of it over the sofa.

Me thinks I'm going to have to invest in a better ferret proof cage and spend ALL afternoon cleaning paint off the floor with white spirit.

On the plus side at least the ferret is ok.


Lily xXx

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

The Results Are In...

... and I passed!


I don't know my marks yet as they won't be given for a few weeks yet, but the resit lists are out and if you're not on them then it's safe to say that you've passed and you're on your way to being a 4th year medic.

I'm treating myself with a couple of textbooks (gosh I know how to celebrate). I'm going to spend the rest of the day just chilling out and enjoying the idea of being one step closer to being a doctor. Hurrah!

Lily xXx

Monday, 10 August 2009

Results Tomorrow

Tomorrow midday is apparently when we'll be told whether or not we need to resit any exams. I say apparently as my medical school is renowned for it's poor organization. Fingers crossed it will be on time for once as the first resit is at the end of this week.

As true evidence to what a geek I am, I keep having nightmares about having failed the written exams. The horrible thing is that if the written exams are failed, you then have to sit the huge OSCE that passing the practical exams exempts you from as well as resitting the written papers.

I was planning to do something to distract myself but I'm feeling awful today. It's probably just tiredness as I had such a busy weekend. On Friday I took the ferret for his injection. Over the weekend everyone fell in love with him as he was being exceptionally sweet. All cuddles and napping on my knee and no nipping at all. Now he's at home he's back to being super hyperactive and nibbling my toes at every opportunity.

Friday night I went and had a huge curry with my Dad and his girlf. This fuelled me up for Saturday. In the day I manned (or womanned to be exact) the bbq at the boyf's niece's 1st birthday party. Whoever said bbqing was a man's job hasn't met me. Queen of bbqs. After that was a friend's birthday party which ended up in a nights clubbing. I ended up sleeping in until midday and then suffering an awful hangover. I only get hangovers when drinking the cheap alcopops they sell at this club. I think I'll make a point of not doing it again any time soon.

Today I'm hoping to tidy up a bit and otherwise just chill out. Make the most of what may be the last day of my summer holidays if I have to resit.

Lily xXx

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Summer Hols At Last!

So, yet again I've left it ages before posting, but the last week has been pretty manic. I spent the weekend before exams babysitting the boyf's niece. She was amazingly well behaved for a year old toddler. We put her in bed before 8pm and she wasn't up again until after 7am, and even then she just wanted a bottle.

The most major thing that's happened has been my exams. Clearly. Thankfully they're over. Or at least they're over for now. Results come out on the 11th of this month and if I've failed I'll have to take them all again and do a huge OSCE. Pressure.

The exams were quite strange. Multiple guess as always. The first one was fairly hard but not impossible, the second one was just microbiology which was unfortunate as we were all under the impression that we were studying medicine. We'd also all been told not to learn all the intricacies of bacteria names and precisely what they all do. They lied. The whole exam was that. One student who was resitting the year was stunned because it was so random compared to the year before. Thankfully the final exam was pretty reasonable. Now I just have to wait until Tuesday to find out. I only have to get an average of 50% over all 3 exams so I'm trying not to worry about it.

Since then I've been chilling out a bit. Tomorrow the ferret is getting his injection and then Saturday I have the boyf's niece's 1st birthday party to enjoy and in the evening one of my best friend's birthdays. Yay!

Lily xXx