Fresher’s Fair & The Flat Family

I actually got to sleep in. It’s a miracle! I’ve felt like (and still feel like) the Energizer Bunny who just keeps going and going and going. There’s been almost nonstop activity and such, so I was glad to have some “me” time in the morning. Though I didn’t get fully rejuvenated from that. I still need daily me time.

I was actually able to force myself to go to the gym to take advantage of my new QMotion membership. Despite it being a little chilly outside, I just wore my normal gym clothes (tank top and shorts). I’m guessing most people thought I was crazy. Whatever. The cardio machines at the gym are really nice. They each have touch screens that allow you to watch TV, surf the web, connect with your phone, they have Bluetooth connection for Bluetooth headphones, and even have different trails. I don’t mean just pre-programmed changes in difficulty to mimic a mountain. I mean you can choose if you want to hike the Glacier Point Trail in Yosemite, and as the machine changes resistance there’s also a video of you walking (well, it looks like gliding) through the trail. They literally videoed each of the trails. I can’t imagine how much work that must have been.

I didn’t really get a tour of the gym when I joined, and I’m a shy individual, so I didn’t completely explore. I went up to the mats where I could do ab work, but I couldn’t find free weights there. There were free weights down below but they looked like the more intense arms section. So I’m a little confused, but I’ll figure it out eventually. On my way back to the flat I decided to stop by the Fresher’s Fair. There were so many clubs. I of course grabbed pamphlets for the Knitting society and Harry Potter Society, and walked over to Michael to see how the Ballroom Club was doing (he had texted me and some friends the night before asking for help manning the booth and recruiting people). It turns out that their table disappeared, so he had to requisition a tiny table and tack it on to the end, which also meant he didn’t have the full supplies he needed. But he made do with what he had. And of course he was there from 10am-4pm in his full suit. I only stopped by briefly.

When I got back to the flat just about everyone was awake and in the kitchen, so I joined and made my protein shake. I had purchased new Chocolate protein powder and had no clue what it would taste like. Unfortunately I don’t really like the taste. I’ll find some creative way to get around it, because I’m not going to waste it, but it is disappointing. We all chatted for a bit and then I went upstairs to get showered and ready, grabbed some snacks to drop off with Michael since he couldn’t even leave the booth to get lunch, and then ran off for my ITL (computer lab) orientation. There was a huge line to get into the Fresher’s Fair, so I entered through the exit, even though the representative from the student union tried to stop me. I pushed my way through the masses and essentially threw food at Michael and then ran away.

The ITL orientation was pretty brief, so I then headed back to the club fair and helped out at the ballroom booth for about an hour. I was too tired after that point to continue. I discovered there were two more floors with even more booths, and I found one with all the external companies and freebies (like a free slice of pizza, and I was starving). Then I returned to my flat, had a turkey burger, and went upstairs to rest a little. However, I did kind of want to go shopping at Wilko, which has lots of home and office supplies. I still feel like my room isn’t fully moved into yet. Keisha and James were going to go later, but I didn’t want to wait for them cause I felt like I needed to walk around. So I headed out on my own and took the tube to Stratford and walked around Wilko for an hour. I was a kid in a candy shop. I got a larger white board and some supplies so that I could make paper flowers with gems in the center as wall decorations. I also got more essential baking supplies, like a glass mixing bowl and glass pyrex measuring cup, since we_MG_8282 had dollar store plastic ones that I wouldn’t trust with meat or anything hot. I had already purchased quite a lot to hold in two arms, but I knew there were a couple more baking supplies I needed from Sainsbury’s, so I went in there and did a brief trip to get some bread, flour, vanilla extract, salt, etc.

Thank goodness the tube stations are really close to both the mall and Queen Mary. Because I was dying as I tried to take everything back to my flat. I was so exhausted too and was expecting to have to cook my own food. But when I got back Keisha, Jamie, and James were in the kitchen, and Keisha was cooking dinner for all of us.

The flat minus Nicole.
The flat minus Nicole.

I was so so so happy. I went upstairs and unpacked for a little bit before heading down. She cooked spinach and cheese tortellini with a spicy pesto sauce (that ended up not being spicy) and Jamie contributed Camembert which he baked in the oven with olive oil and thyme sprinkled on top.

Yummy cheese and spinach tortellini.
Yummy cheese and spinach tortellini.
Baked Camembert with fresh toasted bread.
Baked Camembert with fresh toasted bread.

He also sliced some fresh white bread drizzled with olive oil, cut into strips, and toasted in the oven which we used for dipping into the cheese. It was an amazing dinner.

For dessert I tried my first ever Sticky Toffee Pudding. It’s like a spice cakey quick bread base soaked in syrup with a brown sugar butter toffee warm sticky topping.

The toffee pudding is hiding underneath the ice cream.
The toffee pudding is hiding underneath the ice cream.

She even bought vanilla ice cream to go on top. We were all in a food coma afterwards. We just chatted for two or three hours, and then they headed out to a pub, but I was yet again way too tired to go along. It’s a good thing I didn’t as it turns out I had some urgent emails I needed to reply to, so I didn’t get to go to bed until almost 1am. 🙁

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