My first year of uni was horrendous. I had a breakdown in my first term, hardly ever went to lectures due to my depression and generally just spent my time hiding away and being horrendously ill. I wish I had known more about mitigating circumstances and how to get the university to help you - how to defer a year, or change courses, or just get basic academic help. I couldn’t cope with uni on top of my mental health problems, and the crushing pressure of uni made things worse. The services and help are there, but they’re very hidden away.
Bigger isn’t always better. My first sex toy was a girthy rabbit and it was actually way too cumbersome to use and not very enjoyable - so much so that I threw it away after a year of not using it. My small bullet vibe is my most-used sex toy now!
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I made this sweet potato pizza for a Slimming World dinner. Ridiculously yummy, and all my own recipe.
Sweet potato (1 med/large)
Punnet cherry tomatoes (I used sweet plum)
Squeeze tomato puree
Mixed herbs, S&P
Toppings - whatever you want! I used:
2 chestnut mushrooms
1/2 red pepper
1/2 pack tikka chicken slices
4 slices wafer thin ham
Few cherry tomatoes
40g light cheddar
Preheat oven to 200*C
Grate the sweet potato (I used shredder on my blender), spread out in a flan dish or other roasting pan, cover tightly with foil and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes. Chop/slice courgette, onion and pepper for topping, spray with a little frylight and roast in oven with base.
Meanwhile make the sauce:
Chop 1/2 onion and add to some frylight in a hot saucepan. Halve the cherry tomatoes and add to onion after 5 minutes. Add a squeeze of tomato puree, mixed herbs and cook for 10 minutes until tomatoes have softened. Add a little bit of water to make it saucy if needed. When the sauce has cooked, blend until smooth and return to pan to thicken. Season.
When the sweet potato is done, remove from oven and leave to cool for a few minutes. As soon as you can handle it, put the sweet potato in a CLEAN tea towel and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Seriously, go to town on that stuff!! Put in bowl, add S&P, herbs and 1 egg and bring together to form a ‘dough’.
Spray some baking paper with frylight and spread the sweet potato dough out into a rough circle. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
Prepare toppings. When base is ready, add tomato sauce, top with 1/2 the cheese and the toppings. Add rest of cheese on top of toppings and bake for 15 minutes.
A rumour went round our A-level class that a girl had been fingered by her boyfriend during art class, in the art classroom. There was one stool we all studiously avoided sitting on…
I spent years avoiding drugs because of the stigma attached to them. Eventually I learned to accept that there was a genuine chemical imbalance in my brain and I was just as entitled to take medication as someone who had the flu, or a chest infection. My medication doesn’t make things bright and rosy, but it keeps me steady and on a relatively straight path.
The medication for my depression and anxiety enabled me to get to a place where I was stable enough to work through my problems and address my PTSD in therapy - I truly believe that without medication I wouldn’t have got through a course of therapy.
My life isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot better than it was.
I’m sorry, but where the f**k was ROSKILLYS?!?!?
Um. Natural History museum?
I had a terrible experience with a previous employer had no understanding of my condition whatsoever. I have cyclothymia/PTSD/anxiety and had to take sick leave because of it - they thought I had a cold. How do you explain to someone that you simply can’t face getting out of bed? I was eventually dismissed for having too many absences, AFTER I came clean about the real reason. My boss claimed I had psychosis and was unpredictable (=dangerous) because I told them what I had was a form of bipolar (cyclothymia). Stigma? yep. With new employers now and decided to be super brave and tell them up front about my condition, because I need every Tuesday afternoon off to see my doctor. New boss turns around and says “Why would it be a problem? It’s no problem.” I knew then that job was a keeper.