Had not checked my tickets - I had to catch an early train home from Newcastle. Not ideal, as I would have liked to stay longer, but needs must. Made it to the station just in time, jumped through just as the doors closed, not entirely sure I was on the right train. Thankfully I was.
I did not have a reserved seat, despite the exorbitant ticket price, with a stretch of about three-and-a-half hours from Newcastle to Birmingham. I spent that period in many cycles of falling asleep, remaining there for about twenty minutes and subsequently being asked to move by boarders at the next station. In one case I had my headphones in, and blurrily awoke to being shouted at by an irate Eastern-European woman. Given how nice and apologetic everyone else had been (for a mistake I am fully aware was my fault), it was a bit of a shock and I gave her the most bewildered stare I could muster. Which as it happens was quite bewildered indeed. Essentially I spent this journey doing a walk of shame up and down the train past the same reserved-seat-owning people who watched on with a mixture of pity and disgust. Probably.
Birmingham was lovely, I made a short stop to explore the main street and Bullring a little bit. I also came across a Primark, which I'm ashamed to say I have been longing for since moving. Once you have it in your head that a pair of jeans SHOULD cost £8-10, it's very difficult to imagine ever paying more than that again. Needless to say I came away with a new shirt, two pairs of jeans and a dressing gown for less than £30. It felt great.
Got back home, made a very large dinner (had not eaten all day) and did some revision of thyroid structure and function. Tonight have made a start on the anatomy work for this Friday with Emily, focusing on the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract. Absolutely riveting. For some reason I have taken to the kidney, likely because the internal structures are quite distinctive, and its anatomical relationships are really useful to know for working out other things.
Currently 22:51, still need to make a video and send out the website newsletter. We're in at 9 tomorrow though, so I should get a nice 6-7 hours or so. Add that to all the train-sleeping and it's basically a full night. Also got my blood results back from the occupational health appointment a couple of weeks ago and I don't have hepatitis, so that's fun.