At long last, the ice has started to thaw. Joy! As a result, I have stopped hibernating in my living room and today ventured outside for more than five minutes
It was a much needed little amble. I'm starting to crack a bit under the weight of all this University and extra-curricular work, and after spending the last week glued either to a laptop, book or manuscript I was pleasantly reminded that actually, there is a world beyond my dissertation out there.
So mentally frazzled am I that last week I decided to cheer myself up...by getting a new tattoo! I originally intended to get a small black cat silhouette on the nape of my neck. However, I had a chat with Jules at Frontier (who I've known for a while) and he managed to convince me in his mellifluous Welsh accent that actually, that would be rubbish. He then whipped out one hell of a drawing, which we then talked over and modified before etching onto the tender skin of my inner arm.
HOLY COW, this one hurt like a bitch. After the relatively painless experience of my first tattoo I was totally unprepared for the ouchies of a 1.5 hour sitting. The first hour or so was fine and dandy, but as Jules was finishing off the last bits of colour my other arm started to twitch involuntarily, and I near crushed Oli's hand as I tried to block out the pain and focus on Zoe's cat-related stories and the relentless Dropkick Murphys soundtrack.
It was all worth it though, because now I have little Mittens here to accompany me wherever I go!
In another attempt to beat the January blues Jenny and I stopped by the Zara sale yesterday and found this incredibly upbeat (if verging on nonsensical) tee-dress for £9.99. I cultivated a love of badly translated English slogan t-shirts when travelling this summer, so finding this clumsily-worded little gem in the reduced rack ensured that a goofy grin was stuck on my face all day, memories of Krakow and Genova fresh in my mind. Nice one, Zara. Your cut-price positive-mentality mantras have alleviated my dissertation distress...for now.
Betti Baudelaire xxx