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  • Relying on the 2 human alarm clocks to wake us up. 
  • Panicking when we surfaced at 8.40am and realised they hadn’t.
  • Frantically trying to get ready.
  • Eating a breakfast of poached eggs with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce. 
  • Wearing my ‘going away outfit’ from the wedding.
  • Greeting my parents, sister and Grandmother as they arrived. 
  • Collecting my robes. 
  • Looking ridiculous. Does anyone actually manage to look stylish in a mortar board?
  • Hanging around the University reception, waiting for the ceremony to start.
  • Seeing old friends from my MA course and realising just how much I miss them. 
  • Feeling a tiny bit jealous of those of them that have been brave enough to start a PhD already.
  • Heading into the Great Hall to take my seat.
  • Loving the pomp and circumstance. 
  • Listening to Floella Benjamin {chancellor of the university} open the ceremony.
  • Feeling a touch nervous. 
  • Edging ever closer to the stage. 
  • Finally hearing my name and striding towards Floella who greets every student with open arms.
  • Hearing my family cheering from the audience. 
  • Being told to change the world. Obviously, I fully intend to.
  • Asking Floella to wave at my daughter in the audience.
  • Posing for pictures. Lots of pictures.  
  • Heading out of the hall and into the drizzle with my family. 
  • Being greeted by a huge rainbow. 
  • Sipping champagne and catching up with my fellow graduates. 
  • Missing my Dad.
  • Craving academic life. 
  • Having lunch at Strada
  • Despairing at Jesse’s behaviour. 
  • Quipping that it was harder getting through the 45 minute meal with my two children than it was completing my MA with them. I was only joking though. Sort of. 
  • Strolling home. 
  • Drinking tea. 
  • Trying to be brave when I said goodbye to my sister Nicola. She’s off travelling in a couple of weeks and will be gone for at least 2 years. I think I’m in denial about it at the moment, but I know I’m going to miss her desperately. 
  • Giving my little sis some good advice. Avoid the really weird men. Moderately weird ones on the other hand…
  • Feeling too lazy to cook. 
  • Giving in very quickly when Mr LA suggested a takeaway. 
  • Drinking champagne and watching ‘True Romance’. 
  • Getting very excited when Eliza sent us the link to our wedding photos.
  • Staying up far too late looking at our wedding photos. 
  • Waking up with a serious case of too much champagne/not enough sleep.
  • Cooking an amazing breakfast {even if I do say so myself!}
  • Being very lazy for what felt like the first time in aaaaages.
  • Eventually getting dressed. 
  • Meeting a dear friend at the cinema.
  • Munching popcorn and enjoying ‘The Artist’ very, very much. 
  • Sipping tea and catching up.
  • Heading home to hang out with my husband.

Loveaudrey xxx

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