I was in such a good mood after my last exam. So good a mood that I practically skipped home and proceeded to tidy all the revision clutter from my room as if I were recoding a movie-style montage. The one thing I failed to do was utilise this rare moment to get some blogging done. Predictably, since then I’ve had another exam that went horrendously badly. Fortunately, the sun, the old faces I bumped into today and the Tesco lemon sorbet (Corrie’s Tweet, My Response) working its cooling magic down my oesophagus, have kept my spirits high enough for this to be a happy blog post.
So why was I in such a good mood a little bit ago? Simply because the exam I had that day went very well. This was rather significant, as prior to that one I had taken 4 papers that I had described as violating, repugnant and all the nasty profanities, I’m not allowed to use on this blog, in between. My morale had been shattered and I had no drive to carry on with all this tedious revision. Thanks to that exam and my housemate’s birthday party over the weekend, I was able to relax and re-invigorate my efforts to remain sane until June 11th.
Over the weekend we had a surprise party for my housemate Alex, who became what can only be described as, 21 years old. These kind of birthday parties are always fun, especially in the lead up, because of all the lying and deception involved. However, when the surprise party is to be held the weekend after the subject’s birthday, the levels of deception become a bit too overwhelming for anyones liking. Alex obviously wanted to organise something herself, so we all had to play along with the idea that there would be a party for her on Monday (when our one was on Sunday). Seems like a small inconvenience, but it involved: keeping communication regular and synchronised across 2 Facebook groups, involving over 20 people; faking bookings and reservations, by delaying everything by a day; and me lying about the dates of my exams (which gave me a false sense of security for a good few days). Luckily, all of this climaxed at a positive end and we were able to greet her in the restaurant with loud noises and party poppers. She didn’t suspect a thing.
We had a huge meal, courtesy of Alex’s, very lovely, parents and her sister Jenni (who deserves a lot of recognition for the tremendous effort she put into the party). Afterwards went to the Ice Bar near Regent’s Street. For those of you unaware of the ice bar, it is exactly what it says on the tin. Imagine a relatively small room made entirely of ice: everything from the walls to the counter-tops to the drinks glasses. Now imagine the insatiable urge to lick everything that follows you into the room. You literally can’t resist it, and I certainly don’t regret it. This also sparked a little bit of competition between me and my housemate Mini, as we pressed our ice cold cups onto each others cheeks to see who would succumb to the cold first. It ended in a rather desensitised stalemate.
After that was a bit of frolicking with lovely people in the park before returning home to play card games and chat until 4 in the morning. All the best bits about student life packed into one marvellous day. As part of the celebration the house made two short videos where we said a little happy birthday message to Alex. I promised them I wouldn’t publish any of this to the internet, for fears that it would humiliate them to the point of irreversible blushing, so I won’t, but I will say a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Alex here, as anyone who has read my first blog post will know that she was the one who persuaded me to become a Student Blogger and, is subsequently, in need of a massive hug and a great deal of thanks.
Now I return to the myopic schedule that will carry on for yet another week. I noticed today, upon meeting some lovely faces from last year in the library (Eluned, Goloka, Peggy, Sak & Daniel, if they happen to be reading), that it’s already taken over everyones social skills as we literally have nothing to talk about besides exams and what we are dreaming of doing after exams. Hopefully this week will go quickly and painlessly and my physical health and general state of mind can remain in tact for a celebratory blog post when it’s all over.
Thanks for reading,