The University Diaries : stress, kittens and exciting times!

Dear Diary, 

Here's this week's rant!

My loan still hasn't come. The Student Loan Company are a seizure-inducing clusterfuck of useless shite. That's me being polite. The latest news is that I will now maybe see my money at the end of the month. They are still blaming the duplicate account and now a backlog of referrals to this other department. It'll be done when it's done and that's the end of it as far as they are concerned. They have absolutely NO CLUE the stress they are causing me. How am I meant to cover my bills? Last time I checked, I don't have a money tree or crap out pound coins. 

I have already had to borrow £150 from my mum, which feels so wrong, and there is every likelihood she will be loaning me more if this saga carries on for much longer. I have no choice but to go to the university for an emergency loan now. The protocol is a bit confusing but I'm sure they'll guide me through it. 

My ability to think straight has completely disintegrated.

Lily had to be taken to the vets as an emergency earlier in the week. She had been over-grooming again and it had reached the stage where she just could not stop and the boyfriend said she was making 'strange noises' while grooming so I called the vets from campus and he had to take her within 20 minutes. I was stuck on campus. It was terrifying, not being able to take Lily and keep her calm. I had to put so much faith in him to get it right and ask the right questions and get the right treatment. I felt so helpless, but she got her steroid injection and a 10 day course of antibiotics, plus some flea treatment for the carpets just incase. So that was £85.... Ouch.

She's feeling much better now, and I'd pay anything to have that. 

In other craptastic news: I am now back on 225mg venlafaxine. It's not ideal, especially as I'm getting a whole new load of side-effects while my system adjusts the extra drug. The main problem is sedation and dizziness. I've missed a few lectures this week and had to move my lab to next week so I'm less likely to keel over. It's making me miserable. I'm absolutely terrified of a relapse and failing. That and paying £7.85 per item making the idea of stopping my medication all the more tempting... 

Now, onto a couple of happier things!

On Wednesday I met some very special and awesome people! They are the owners of Koneko Cat Cafe, which is coming to Brighton next Spring! Jon, Keri, Sushi and Sir Fluffington put the word out for someone to help with their crowd-funding video and I decided to give it a go. I know right? It was a really fun few hours and I can't wait for their cafe to open! It's such a wonderful idea and cat-lovers far and wide will be clawing to get a chance to hang out with the resident kitties! Stay tuned for a dedicated post on Koneko Cat Cafe! Oh, they have a blog so go follow it and promote the living daylights out of them! :)


.... and breathe ....

This brings me to my other piece of exciting news: I am working with Kate and Aud of Trafalgar Street in Brighton to create a blogger event at their shop! Kate and Aud visit the Sussex campus on market day - Tuesday - and over the past 5 weeks I've bought a fair few items from them and also gotten to know the lovely ladies. Once we have all the details confirmed I will let you all know, but if you would be interested in coming to our vintage clothing blogger event please let me know in the comments so I can get a feel for numbers. It's a very small shop so spots are at a premium!! I can say that there is an AMAZING discount set up for us on all their products so you really don't want to miss this opportunity!

That's about it for this week. Here's a ladybug and Lily!

Don't forget to comment if you want to come to the vintage party!!!! Tell your friends! 


  1. I hate uni and money! why cant it all just be free??! x


  2. Aww honey I'm sorry that loan isn't sorted yet! Wtf are they playing at! Hope it comes through soon.
    Also with medications, rather than paying £7.85 you can do a prescription pre-payment... I just did it and got 3 months of unlimited for £29... or you can do £100ish for the year... works out much cheaper than buying individually, if you get that much medication to make it worth it :) It's saving me money for sure.

    Eeek, I saw the Cat Cafe, AMAZING! We need to do a blogger event there when it opens! And count me in for the Kate and Aud Blogger event too, yay!

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

  3. Hey, Just stumbled on your blog and I really like it. It's a bugger with Student Loans; I had that before and didn't get it for a long while, but I'm sure you'll get it sorted! Love the cats too!

    Sophie @ x

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  5. Cannot WAIT for the cat cafe to come to Brighton :)

    The Kate and Aud event sounds like great fun, love that dog necklace in the photos!

    Hope that your loan comes soon, hate having to wait for money!!


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