Midwife Mondays 136: The Student Nursing Times Awards & Taking Time For Me!

So this past week has been a busy one, but busy by choice!

It started quite chilled, with a nice day off in the sunshine on Easter monday. M was off too, so we spent the day chilling, drinking tea in the sunshine at our little patio table, photo editing, and doing blog work – lovely!

Tuesday was another fairly chilled one for me; just doing blog work and final tweak on the new look (there are still posts that don’t link through properly since I did my new re-design so I needed to tweak some of them….I have a list that I need to work through when I have spare time in the next few months!)

M’s dad also popped in for a cuppa which was lovely – he was working in the area for the day and so popped in to say hi which broke up the day really well! πŸ™‚ Then I spent the afternoon doing a lot of admin – packing for our little trip to York, and working out what to wear to the awards on Friday (we were getting back late Thursday from York and then heading straight to the Awards on Friday morning so I needed to get sorted ahead of time!)

On Wednesday we headed to York. M had an employment fair there the next day so we headed up a day early for an explore and what a city! We had both been there before but never had proper time to explore and do all the touristy things – so we did that! I am going to share a post on our little trip because we had such a fab time and I’ve got a few places to recommend so watch this space! πŸ™‚

We also reviewed “The Park Restaurant” on Wednesday Evening which was AMAZING – click here to read the full review!

We headed back home on Thursday evening and on Friday morning my alarm went off at some disgusting hour so I could start getting myself ready! By 9am, I was in full hair and makeup, and we were in the taxi on the way to the station.

The award ceremony was at Grosvenor House on Park Lane, which was all very swish and laid out beautifully! We arrived and headed in to the champagne reception, before making our way to our seats.

Lunch was yummy, with “Crispy salt cod fritter with romesco sauce, samphire and black garlic mayonnaise” to start, “Corn-fed chicken with truffle & lemon glaze, grilled courgettes & carrots, artichoke purΓ©e and Parmentier potatoes with cracked black pepper and a thyme jus” for the main course, and “Black forest cheesecake with red fruit mousse and a cherry coulis” for pudding – yum!

The awards were lovely and everyone was very supportive of each other throughout – it was a really positive way of doing it!

As you may have seen online, Student Midwife Of The Year went to Hannah Barnes from the University of Huddersfield, so a huge congratulations to her!
Honestly, for me, being shortlisted to 9 finalists in the UK for Student Midwife of the Year was enough for me – winning would have been lovely, and a cherry on the top, but it was never about winning for me – it was such an achievement to have got that far and I’m happy with that – and we got a lovely day out from it too!

After the ceremony and a bit of dancing to the fab band “Duke”, M and I headed into Picadilly Circus to try our luck at The Book of Mormon theatre ticket lottery – and I won! So we headed for some food and then got to see The Book of Mormon from the front row!

Such a fab day – celebrating my three years of training with some of my lecturers and fellow student midwives at the award ceremony and then having a lovely evening with my lovely man – what more could a girl ask for?!

We spent the weekend chilling out after our really busy week – M’s brother popped up to see us on Sunday and we went for a Sunday Roast and to see End Game – and then headed back to pack my bag ahead of getting back into placement on Monday! πŸ™‚

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