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Friday, 25 October 2013

Uni Life

Each week I look forward to Skyping both daughters - it's a chance to catch up on the latest gossip and to find out what's really going on in their lives.

Olivia currently has 'Freshers Flu,' and it's hard to see her under the weather and not be there to wrap her up in cotton wool. Especially, as she'd made the decision to go kayaking last weekend and had fallen in the water a lot. Had she been home, I'd have questioned whether or not this was such a great idea, but now that she's all grown up and left home, obviously I have to keep my thoughts to myself.

She and her roommates are getting along famously, and I had to stifle a giggle when she announced it was time to end the call and go to Disney Night. Every Sunday, the six roomies congregate in the kitchen and watch a film together. Last weekend's offering was The Little Mermaid.

In other news, she's also bought a sewing kit. I found this completely hilarious - I'd deliberated over whether, or not to send her with one and decided against it, as there was no way I could picture my daughter ever sewing anything.

She'd had Mini Kievs and soup for dinner - not anything that I'd have put together for a meal - but students do have quite weird and wonderful tastes.

Her social life is awesome, she's enjoying the freedom of being away from home and loving her course. It is, however, a lot tougher than she imagined.

Sophia, is a little more mysterious. It's difficult to fathom out what's going on in her life if she doesn't feel like sharing and quite often, she doesn't. The last time we Skyped, she looked well and had been spending all of her free time rowing. She's working incredibly hard and enjoying university life.

She admitted that she'd stayed up all night and I know that students do this - but how the hell do they do it exactly? I'm completely in awe, and only wish that I was capable of staying awake beyond 11 pm.

Sophia was disappointed to learn that we're going away for our wedding anniversary next weekend and have chosen not to go and visit her. I'm guessing that she's a little homesick and we've promised to go and see her soon. Obviously, this is something else for a mum to feel bad about, it hadn't occurred to me that she might want us to go and cramp her style. I've also suggested that she come home for a weekend soon - she's saying no, but I can't help thinking that actually, she really means, 'yes.' And I would really like a hug with my daughter...



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28 comments :

  1. It must be tough not to be able to see them and hug them! It's nice that she wants you to visit. My parents used to visit me sometimes and I was always so excited! Now they're away from you, they realise how important you are to them! x

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    1. I am most definitely missing hugs and yes, I have a feeling that it's tougher being away than they'd thought!

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  2. Haha! Parents aren't supposed to know what happens in Fresher's term. I have baby twins who are turning 1 next week. I can't imagine them as teenagers but I know it'll happen so soon. Popped over from Newbies showcase. Orlena xx

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    1. I have a feeling that there's far more going on than they're ever going to share with mum! Happy Birthday to your twins for next week, hope you have a fabulous day x

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  3. lovely post. I remember first few weeks of Uni begging my mum to come down for a weekend then making other plans and asking her not to bother - after she's rearranged her life! She was not best pleased!
    popping over from #pocolo

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    1. Thanks lovely. I can see why your mum wouldn't have been impressed with this!!

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  4. Hi, found you on #PocoLo. You're the first blogger I've come across who has two kids in uni, so this was an interesting read! I'll be back to check out that anniversary post.

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    1. Thanks for popping over, looking forward to reading your blog as well.

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  5. Ah - I still remember those crazy student nights! I studied in my hometown so had my parents always there (on demand :-)) which was nice!

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  6. I only moved an hour away fom home, so was able to pop back easily and get my washing done :) It must be very strange with them gone, I know it will come to us all, but I'm glad it won't be for a few years yet! Although, I suspect by the time number three leaves, I'll have a different view :) Hope the newbie showcase goes well x

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    1. Thanks lovely, it sounds as though you had the best of both worlds being just an hour away from home.

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  7. I so cant take the pace any more, by midnight i am flagging big time! cant wait to hear about the anniversary x

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    1. Midnight is late by my standards, often nodding off on the sofa by 9:30 pm here. Anniversary blog ready and waiting for Friday.

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  8. Ooooh cant imagine how hard it will be when my boys get bigger and move on I cant bare to think about it x I look forward to reading your anniversary post...sounds exciting x

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    1. It isn't as tough as we'd imagined - just keeping really busy takes my mind off the empty nest.

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  9. Sounds like they're both settling in well and enjoying it. I'm sure it'll get easier as time goes on, but it must feel like you're missing limbs right now! #PoCoLo

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    1. Coping better than we expected and can hardly believe that they'll both be home in 6 weeks!

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  10. Thank goodness for Skype, at least you can see them as they speak, I should think that makes things a little easier. I remember my first few weeks at uni; desperate to go home for some comfort but also desperate to assert my independence. Of course going home to mom won x

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    1. Skype's fabulous, there's no hiding how they're feeling on there! It's a huge change for anyone to cope with & I'm sure they'd be home in no time if they were closer.

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  11. I love this post - it's so interesting to see what is going to happen to me in 12 years time. I also have someone who joins PoCoLo who is in Uni so it is great to read both perspectives! Thank you for being this weeks newbie showcase on PoCoLo lovely :) x

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    1. Thanks for allowing me to showcase - very much appreciated. And fabulous that you have a Uni student on PoCoLo - I'll keep my eyes open.

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  12. lovely post, it sounds like they have both settled in well, popping over from #PoLoCo xx

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  13. Gosh it must be hard having both daughters leave at once! Thankfully I have a long way to go before this happens as both my children have yet to start school. I wonder if they miss each other? Also happy anniversary :) #pocolo

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    1. I know that they Skype one another every day - so I'm guessing they're missing each other quite a bit. Make the most of your two being little - they grow up so fast.

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  14. Sounds as though Sophia may need a visit from Mum soon! I reckon (based on my own experience, not of having children this age) that young women need their space, but also need their parents to be psychic and step in when needed, without directly being asked to do so. It sounds as though you're very sensitive to their needs still, despite being miles away.

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    1. Being psychic is a valuable skill when you have teens as it's often what they're not telling you that's more important!

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