What? It’s only been two weeks and I’m publishing another favourites post? Oops! Here’s what I’ve been LOVING in August:
TRXYE (EP) – Troye Sivan
Yes, yes, yes, I’m mentioning Troye again (what’s this, the third time now?) but this EP is TOO GOOD not to mention. TRXYE, Troye’s debut EP, was released August 15th and instantly shot to number one around the world and debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts! Happy Little Pill was amazing, but the rest of the EP continued to blow me away. ‘Touch’ and ‘Fun’ are nice, chilled out yet dancey songs which, with some radio support, have great potential to climb the charts. ‘Gasoline’ tones it down a bit, offering a slower, deeper song with beautiful lyrics. Finally, a re-recorded version of The Fault In Our Stars closes the EP, showing the song that helped launch Troye’s music career to such great heights. I definitely recommend buying this EP and supporting a great young Australian artist!
Being 18 at Uni
I spent nearly all of last semester underage and unable to drink with my friends or attend university social functions such as pub crawls for both my college and the vet faculty. I turned eighteen in exam week (great timing! -.-) so I wasn’t able to take advantage of my newfound adulthood. While I was home for the semester break, I hung out with my high school friends – some of which were still underage and therefore we were unable to go clubbing or to a pub, etc. Since coming back to uni, however, I’ve attended the uni toga party, hit the clubs for a friend’s 19th and partied all night for the vet pub crawl, and I’m loving it! I’m finally able to join in (when assignments aren’t in the way) and buy my own alcohol – even though I’ve never been asked for ID when going into a bottle shop! I don’t look that old, do I?
Doctor Who (Series 3, 4 & 5)
I began watching Doctor Who in December 2013, out of boredom. A few of my close friends love the show, so I thought I’d give it ago – and I loved it! After Uni started in February, though, I found that there was barely any time to watch it. I recently got a HDMI cable, though, so through the last few weeks I’ve been having the show playing on my TV while I’m doing assignments, and finished the last half of series 3 and all of series 4 within two weeks. I’ve just begun series 5, and Matt Smith as the Doctor is surprisingly just as great! I had such a connection with David Tennant’s Doctor that the change is still odd, but I’ve heard great things about Matt Smith and his first episode was written so brilliantly to showcase just what kind of a Doctor he will be. Series 8 premiered last week – but I’ve vowed not to watch it until I’ve caught up. It’ll be tough, since I’m really curious about what Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will be like but the wait will be worth it!
Guns of Icarus (game)
Most of my closest friends from high school are kinda nerdy, so what better way to keep in touch while we’re all at different Universities is to play huge group games, right? Guns of Icarus is our catch up game. It’s got an amazing steam punk vibe to it, and allows you to become one of three types of crew members on a huge, flying ship – the pilot, the gunner or the engineer. The aim of the game is to shoot down your opponent’s ship (gunner) while maintaining your ship’s equipment (engineer), all while navigating a huge, beautiful map (pilot). It’s such a beautiful game and I love it! It’s a pity I haven’t had many chances to play it with everyone since uni became crazy busy, though.
Hands on dissections at Uni
Dead baby cows – gross, right? Not to vets. Last week we began our first dissections, which is the closest we’ve gotten to surgery the entire course. We even have our own dissection kits! The cadavers were confronting and smelt revolting, but I found it strangely interesting to cut into it and explore the muscles and nerves under the skin of the cow. We even got to completely remove its front leg, how cool! I have pictures, but it’s probably not best to show a skinned cow on my blog!
As a part of our uni course, we get to look after a piglet for three weeks as a part of a nutrition study. They’re so so so cute and little (for now, anyway) and our particular piglet (named Charlie) is such a good little pig, he doesn’t squeal when you pick him up like the other piggies do! He’s a little bitey (yes, Charlie did bite my finger) but so adorable – worth the 5:30 AM wake up on my rostered morning!
The goats at the vet school have been heavily pregnant for months, and recently they began giving birth to their little babies. They’re so damn adorable and tiny! I had the pleasure of watching one of the births, and the sounds the little kids make when they’re only a few minutes old is seriously the best thing ever! They’re so fluffy and gorgeous and wobbly on their little legs, and watching their mother be so protective over them is so cute. I’m on the roster to feed them a few times a week too, yet again worth the early wake up!
I know I’m really late to jump on this bandwagon, but as an iPhone owner who doesn’t have any phone space for music (5GB of “other” space I can’t get rid of, thanks Apple!), Spotify has been my go-to app for shower music. I can access any song, for free, and add it to a playlist – all without taking up phone space as the songs are accessed from the internet rather than my phone itself. You can follow my ultimate shower playlist, “Jams”, here! (Or listen to it down below!)
And there it is, my August favourites! I was really struggling to find favourites this month as uni makes it tough to discover new things, but I made it! And, I somehow got a post up on time despite finishing a 10 000 word assignment not so long ago (what a killer assignment, so glad it’s over).
Until next week,
Sarah May xx