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How I Looked: Vests and Checks




Shirt: New Look
Vest: Quiz
Badges: Camera Obscura

As mentioned in yesterday's Sunday Reflections I moved into my new flat yesterday. One of the main features that made me go "Yeah, I'll take it" was the white wall with almost direct sunlight and enough space to fit a tripod across from it. Unfortunately by the time I was moved in and settled it was evening hence the slightly darkish tone of the pictures. I'll also need to move a chair which was placed opposite so that I can place the tripod right back so you can get more of a view of my legs to prove I'm not just a torso. 

But I am very happy with this new flat! It's amazingly small and cosy but has some clever storage so I can fit everything in neatly. Check me talking like a 30 year old with my clever storage solutions. 

Morag x
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Things I Love Thursdays #16


This is a quick one as I am heading down to Dundee tonight to 1) move into my new flat and 2) to attend pretty much the biggest games festival in Scotland!

And the theme for this week:

Insane excitement! 


I am mega excited to be attending DareProto Play tomorrow, to be moving into my new flat - which I will get to live in alone - and some mega exciting career development opportunities. Unfortunately I don't want to say too much too soon as nothing is yet set in stone. But happy and excited and fulfilled barely begins to explain it!

Morag x
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Popping to the Shops as Wonderwoman


Let's not lie, I'm pretty big on themed parties and fancy dress. I look for excuses to do so and always scoff when I see people dressed up as a school girl (again!). I would wear fancy dress outfits everyday if I could. Wonderwoman for a driving lesson? Batgirl for the local shops? How about some Cleopatra for a trip to your grans?

Maybe not. At least not full throttle. Maybe lady Gaga can get on-board a plane with a lobster on her head, but the rest of really can't. The rest of us have to tone it down a bit and just include elements.

And this is where Polyvore enters. And truthfully this is where I get a lot of my fancy dress inspiration from (you know the long promised fancy dress series where I show you all my outfit glory).

None of these were made by me, btw, I just scour Polyvore constantly.


wOnderwOman!


wonderwoman!


Batgirl!


Batgirl


Batgirl!


I'm a SuperGirl


SuperGirl


Rogue


Original Rogue - Revamp

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Things I Love Thursday #15: Really exciting news


No I didn't get new cameras, but still something amazing has happened!

Remember that job I went on about last semester? You know the one I loved? The one I woke up to each day not dreading going to? Well, I've got it back baby!

Yesterday afternoon after a day where me and my dad spent with our heads physically inside my PC trying to get my new sound card to work (long story short: we did it) I came across a nice e-mail. The e-mail I had been waiting for all summer. The one that told me I would be working back in the careers centre again updating their social media.

And after reading the first paragraph I got up and did a dance and wondered about the first floor of my house in excitement. I ran into my dad who told me I needed to read the whole email before I start commerating the moment with a dance routine (thanks for the level-headedness dad!). I did and the rest just told me the ins and outs of the hours and contracts, legal mumbo-jumbo.

I was pretty much always expecting to get this job back. They need a student to updates these profiles. And they had said they'd like to get me back.

So why was I so excited?

Flattered might be more to word. The first part of this email informed me that many of the other departments within Student Services were also keen to take me on to help me with their social media sites. Like, woah?!?! Blushing alert! It's always great news to know your job application was successful. But not even having to do a job application anyway because they sought out you? That's pretty bewildering.

I am so extremely grateful for this opportunity. Getting that job back in January was amazing and to know that it's expanding and creating new opportunities for me is amazing news. This job has been the highlight of my year and something that I'll always hold dear for helping me find my path in life.  Life was pretty bad when I got my hands on the job advert and I was still struggling to face the world when I applied. But this job application perked me up and it was one of those "you can do this" moments. Getting that job after some horrible exhruitating months of homelessness and heartbreak gave me something to get excited about. A project. Something to be proud of.

I will never forget this opportunity. The starting point of me working out what I wanted to do and the end of a horrible chapter of my life.

Words cannot describe my gratitude.

Morag x
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Why It Took Me 20 Years To Give Up Meat


Most vegetarians will get asked questions about their choice to live meat free. Either out of general curiosity or just plain judgement. One of the ones I get thrown most often is "why so suddenly, we didn't realise you wanted to give up meat?" which can translate to "dude you've been around for two decades, why now?" Which is very much a fair point. I grew up in a meat eating household, my mum and her siblings were raised on a farm that slaughtered animals and I used to be a McDonald's addict. It seemed odd.

I think the part of the story that many of them can't see is that I didn't wake up on my twentieth birthday and discovered a great distaste to meat. It had been along time coming. 

I first entertained the idea of vegetarianism back when I was thirteen. Though I had also been slightly fascinated by meat-free diets (and gluten-free diets, and diabetes) for most of my youth. I was quite the little animal-rights activist when I was younger; argumentative essays against wearing fur, refusing to wear leather, you know that kind of thing. We all develop some sort of passionate stance at a young age and that was mine. 

I however didn't follow through with it. Between being raised in a meat-eating household, taking Standard Grade Home Economics where meat was all around, very little sand which choice at lunch and not knowing any vegetarians it wasn't easy and I didn't have many roles models. 

As I moved on I continued eating meat and my passionate stance swerved more to women's issue's and LGBT rights. I also became a fast food addict at one point when I took classes at a school which was around the corner from a McDonald's. But as I moved on I met more vegetarians. And when I met more my heart sank. It reminded me of what I had once wanted to be and had not fallen through with. They were what I wanted to be. Not because of natural talent or better luck; but because I hadn't stuck to my guns.

September 2008 was when I moved out of my parents house and into student halls. Now I was cooking for myself and could have switched. But this is when I met my first boyfriend. A meat-eater. And he was a real meat-eater. If we went to a restaurant you could bet money he'd take the meatiest thing there (rack of lamb was a favourite) and he dubbed trips to McDonald's a "tradition" within our relationship (I never visited a McDonald's restaurant if he wasn't about).

This relationship ended but not long after that came another (one day I'll speak of the importance of a relationship gap) and he actually said, direct quote: "vegetarianism isn't natural". May I add that this ex was a smoker? My mind stayed on meat. 

Still all the time meeting vegetarians and feeling a pang of jealousy.

Come October 2010 I became single for the first time in two years. And this break-up was bad. Public spats. Crying through the night. Banging on doors, being reported to uni and use of the Facebook block function. I was a mess. I spent the rest of the semester trying to get decent grades and living out the "oh-so-awesome-social-life" routine that we hope our exes will spot.

Come New Year I decided to pull myself up. Being at home for Christmas had given me a much needed break from university, the chances of seeing him and the stress it had taken on me. I went back through all the "How To Get Over A Break-Up" articles that had helped me through the initial stages and came across this little gem which, as most of them do, talked about watching your food intake and overall health. However this one talked about reassessing your diet as a whole, suggesting maybe vegetarianism or raw food may be better.

If you feel your current diet isn't working for you, try a new way of approaching food - would vegetarianism or more raw food work for you? Trial a new style of cooking and eating, even if only for one day a week.

It clicked. It was now or never.

I was now for the most part living away from my parents with almost non-existent flatmates. I was also now single. These two factors meant that compromise wasn't a huge part of everyday life. No being offered that extra slice of pepperoni pizza. Or having a big dinner with flatmates. Or romantic meals to McDonald's. Time to go!

I began slowly cutting the meat slowly out of my diet right after January. I finished off the last of my frozen chicken and any bacon I had left (these were the only meat I really ever ate). From that moment on my grocery shopping was strictly meat-free. I danced past the meat isle before twirling down the fruit and vegetable isle. I've always been a big fruit and veg fan and the lack of meat in my diet meant that I had more money to spend on vitamin C induced goodness!

Out and about publicly I was still a meat-eater. Being vegetarian in the real world requires work and I wasn't quite there yet. Though I'm not huge on eating out due to money restrictions which released some pressure. It was just snacks at lunch where therein lay a problem.

Coming up to moving back home for summer I was near enough vegetarian. I decided to go public whilst at home and not in close contact to my social groups.

I'm now publicly vegetarian to anyone who has asked or the conversation of meat has come up. There are still many who maybe don't realise and will seemed confused at why I oh-so-suddenly changed. But it's done now and my decision is final and I have been meat-free for months now.

So there it is, why I so suddenly became vegetarian after being alive for two decades. Which wasn't so sudden when you know my past and the thought process behind it.

Morag x
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