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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Life: Opening Windows

New hair, new course, new glasses. We're halfway through september and at the start of the academic year - and having moved flats (photos to come) and just started a year's research project, I was feeling like somebody had opened a window for some air.

I haven't had hair this short for years now, and if anything I'm excited to cut it shorter. I've also been growing my nails out, and the contrast between the two aspects of my appearance is interesting (even if I spend every waking moment terrified of breaking them). Playing with femininity and how I appropriate that has been fascinating me for a while now, and I've been influenced significantly in this by hard femme identity in lesbian culture; androgyny is great too though, hence the hair cut.

This year I'm taking a break from medicine to do some clinical research; it's a big change for me and I don't know how I feel about all the statistics yet, but I'm excited to learn how to incorporate evidence based medicine into my practice, and contribute in some small way to the research community. Between this and settling back into university life however, it does mean life will be somewhat hectic and blog updates might be spotty for a while.

As for the glasses, the stars aligned and I found the frames by chance for £30 in my optician's sale. Cat's eye frames are something I've fancied for a while now, but that doesn't mean that there was any forward planning. 

Has anyone else had changes in their life recently, big or small? How is autumn (or spring, depending on hemisphere) going for everyone? Let me know below.

Fiona C. 


  1. Love those glasses! :) Isn't it awesome when you catch an opticians sale? I did the same thing last year and got my frames for £25!
    Good luck in your new flat and on your course! :) x

    1. Thanks! I think it will be a good year.

  2. I cut my hair a little over a month ago. I had long hair and got it cut into a cleopatra style bob. I love it. I really like those glasses too, great find!

    1. I love that style of bob! And thanks, I 'm pretty happy with them.

  3. I've just spent a week on a tutored writing course near Inverness. It's completely turned all my ideas about where I was going with my writing career on their head, and pushed me with great force in a direction that is far more appropriate to me, myself and to stop trying to please other people, because it just is not working for me. Other people are finding it incomprehensible that I'm seemingly turning my back on a year's work - but that's not the case, that work is just on hiatus, fermenting away until I'm ready to write that story. Interesting times!

    I hope you enjoy your research year. Wish I could grow my nails like that, they look great.

    Jane (Breaking the Angel, currently on 'mute')

    1. Wow, that sounds like a really big change; I'm glad you feel like your writing is really developing. I hope you continue moving forwards! (I didn't actually realize you were scottish, oops.)

      I've already broken three since posting this, so don't be fooled, but rubbing almond and jojoba oil into the cuticles has really helped mine.

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