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Sunday, 31 August 2014

DAY 13. Stay cool - Stay fit

The duvet has returned to its duvet cover. The duvet cover once again feels the satisfaction of carrying out its purpose. And having lived in exile for much of summer, the duvet has plenty to tell the cover and vice versa.
Happy to be cool again!
Yes, my room is finally cooling down after a few months of sweltering night temperatures. It's a welcomed change because we all know a cool bedroom means better sleep, but according to research, sleeping in a cool room can also make you healthier by increasing the brown fat in your body. Don't panic! This fat is considered "good" as it is metabolically active. The results were mentioned in the New York Times:

"... after four weeks of sleeping at 66 degrees, the men had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat. Their insulin sensitivity, which is affected by shifts in blood sugar, improved. The changes were slight but meaningful ..." 

" ... just by sleeping in a colder room, they gained metabolic advantages that could, over time, he says, lessen their risk for diabetes and other metabolic problems. The men also burned a few more calories throughout the day when their bedroom was chillier ..."

Now, a good duvet probably defeats the purpose of an 18,8 degree (celsius) room, but it's interesting to know that cooler is definitely better. (Something they didn't mention in the article is that more babies are also made during the colder months of the year ... )

So, I hope you get a nice cool night's sleep before the new week!


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Listen to this!

I'm pretty new to online listening so you might all know about this already (sorry) but if not, this is a theatre gem! I was looking for new podcasts and stumbled upon the National Theatre's podcast collection on SoundCloud.
You can listen to the theatre's previous platform events for free online, which include interviews with famous actors and theatre practitioners and some slightly less well known experts in different subjects. I've only listened to a few so far but learnt a lot! If this sounds tempting, do click on the link above. We can't all be there to hear the talks live, so this is a great way to catch up.

Have a nice day!

Friday, 29 August 2014

DAY 11. It doesn't have to be more

Than having a coffee in the park during lunch hour.
I wasn't the only one despite the low hanging clouds. 
I have the bad habit of eating lunch in front of my computer at the office. Sometimes I do it to get things done, but usually it's just laziness, laziness that results in even more sluggishness. So I now make a point of always going out during the break (weather permitting).
Getting towards the end of my book!
Breaking up the day with fresh air, a stroll and some reading (anything really that doesn't involve the computer screen) has made the second part go by much faster and with more focus. If you don't believe me, then maybe you'll believe The Sydney Morning Herald. (I wouldn't mind that French 90 minute break.)

Time for a little longer break though with the weekend coming up. The big question is, with my MA project finally handed in, what should I do?


Thursday, 28 August 2014

DAY 10. The BOBs are back!

My flatmates are back! Or as I like to call them this time of the TV year; my BOBs (Bake Off Buddies). I certainly missed them yesterday when there was proper drama in the British Bake Off tent. I won't go into detail in case someone is still catching up, but meltdowns ahoy! And today we learnt that one of the contestants left the competition soon after due to "illness". (If she really did get sick, I'm sorry. I hope she feels better!)
The BOBs brought me some chocolate. Very kind indeed!
I'm glad to have my flatmates back, I can finally stop channelling Haley Joel Osment. (If I did begin to see ghosts, I'm sure they wouldn't look anything like Bruce Willis.) And I also got the chance to show off my shiny new play. Hurrah! Anywho, I hope you've had a good day and are enjoying the company of loved ones.

10 days of the Happy Challenge done, 90 to go!


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

DAY 9. I really like ...

... Autumn!

Oh come on, don't look at me like that. I know it means darker and colder days, but it's also a season I've always enjoyed. Crisp air. Beautiful colours. The promise of something new. (And it's stationary season! I want pens and notebooks and pencil cases. I want a pretty lunch box!) Except this time there's no school or university to returm to, I'm back to being an adult, but I still feel pumped to take on the working year.
Okay, so London isn't quite this "autumny" yet, it's still clinging on to the last bits of summer, but for the sake of this entry I'm reusing a few slightly more atmospheric photos. 
It's been one of those summers I'll always carry with me. So many beginnings and endings. Accomplishments and failures. Laughter and tears. Moments. So many wonderful little moments.
My goal this autumn is to find a better balance between writing and financial stability. The more writing I can do, the better. That's what I want. But I also need to be realistic. The amount of times we heard our visiting lecturers say "Don't quit your day jobs ..." It's not just about the money. As a writer it's good to be out there, to observe the real world. If you lock yourself up in a small room, you might miss out on a lot of good stories.

 I hope you don't find the thought of autumn too gloomy!


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

I did it! I did it! (Isn't it pretty?)

Today is the end of a 2-year era! I just submitted my final assignment, the full length play, to my university and have thereby concluded my studies in playwriting and screenwriting.
 As long as I haven't committed some horrendous error, I should have my final mark by the end of November and receive my MA. Depending on the results, my 30th birthday might be just a tad bit extra special (or crummy), but let's not think about that just now!
I think this counts as Happy Challenge day 8, right?
While waiting for my copies to be bound, I popped into a cafe nearby and had a coffee and a read. I'm glad I was at the book binders before 8am, I'm not the only one submitting my final work right now!

A massive thank you to everyone who's supported me these past 2 years! I don't think anyone has ever crinkled their nose when I've told them the "mad" subject I'm studying. Not even when I told them I'm moving countries to do it. So thank you again!


Monday, 25 August 2014

Day 7. Staying in

Today I'm grateful for the privilege of having a roof over my head. London is living up to its rainy reputation and I'm raiding the fridge/freezer for anything edible so I don't have to go outside. 
I've lived in the UK for two years now and I can't say I find it much rainier than for example Southern Finland. I often prefer the rain to the snow, so the winters here are actually quite nice. Of course a sunny autumn day can be stunning. Let's hope for a few of those in the next couple of months!