Seven Things That Made Me Smile This Week

Sunday, July 15, 2018


After getting my university results last week, this week it was finally time to graduate and, if I'm totally honest, I've spent most of the week feeling ever so elated that I've finally finished up with my university studies! So, with plenty of celebrating to do, it's safe to say that I've had a fabulous week so, here are some of my (very graduation oriented) highlights. 

Graduation. As of this Tuesday, I officially became a graduate of the University of Leeds and, let me tell you, it's a pretty fab feeling. As Tuesday morning rolled around, I was filled with nerves but by the time we'd reached mid-morning, I'd made it up on stage (without falling over) to collect my degree certificate and had the rest of the day free to celebrate all of the hard work I put in over the last three years! After discovering that graduation gowns are really fun to wear, Jay and I spent a lot of the day running around campus and taking all the photos because you only graduate once, right?!

Salvos pizza. After my graduation ceremony, I went for a family meal at Salvos in Headingly and, oh my god, was the pizza good! I was super excited to find that Salvos had a full vegan menu and, after digging into their tomato garlic bread and pizza, I can confirm that their food is really bloomin' delicious and definitely worth a try if you're ever in the area. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Okay, brace yourself because I'm about to make a big confession... (gulp). So, while I've always been a huge fan of the Harry Potter films, I never got into fantasy novels and, somehow, I managed to make it through the first 21 years of my life without reading any of the books. Particularly as someone who just got an English Literature degree, I'm not exactly sure how this happened but, it's never too late to pick up a book so, as a graduation gift to myself, I picked up the 20th anniversary editions of the first two books started reading the first book immediately. Needless to say, I'm absolutely loving the book (just as much as the movie) and I can definitely see myself getting through the series very quickly.

Leeds University hoodie. As well as the Harry Potter books, I also decided to rep my university by buying myself another graduation gift in the form of a big, cosy Leeds University hoodie. If I'm honest, I've been wearing the hoodie at every possible opportunity and its definitely going to become a second skin in the colder months. 

Rain. So, we're now in the third or fourth week of, what feels like, a never ending heat wave and, yanno, summer is great and all, but I am most definitely an autumn person and I've definitely been craving some slightly cooler weather lately. Luckily my prayers were answered this week and we were blessed with an albeit brief rain shower which definitely helped to break up the humidity and cool the weather down, for a short time anyway. 

Bookish podcasts. Lately I've been trying to listen to (somewhat) educational podcasts when I've got free time and, as a book lover, I've been absolutely loving bookish podcasts because, really, is there anything better than listening to people chat about books, I think not. One of the podcasts I've been listening to is Books Unbound by Ariel Bissett which, just like her YouTube channel is proving to be both super entertaining and really interesting to listen to. 

Lilo and Stitch. For the past few weeks, Jay and I have been watching childhood classics with our Saturday night pizzas and, after a few weeks of the Shrek movies, this week it was the turn of Lilo and Stitch, a film which I haven't seen for years. In all honesty, I'd forgotten just how emotional this film is and, I'd be lying if I said it didn't make me cry but, despite the tears, I definitely think this nostalgic classic was the perfect Saturday evening movie. 

What made you smile this week? 

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